The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: Archives
- Perfect time of year to take a tour of D.C.'s secret gardens, including the Smithsonian's! [via Shakespeare Theatre Company]
- The State Library of Virginia asked residents for Civil War mementos, and they delivered (and they are now online). [via Centre Daily Times]
- Hear about the massive undertaking to save wartorn Sudan's archives. [via National Geographic]
- Cambridge Dictionary has declared paranoid the 2016 word of the year. [via Info Docket]
- The state of the Web ARChive file format, 2016 edition. [via Archive-It]
- Just in time for the holidays, a new exhibit at our National Museum of American History looks at the history of giving in America. [via NPR]
- The only known footage of Mark Twain, taken by Thomas Edison. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- NYPL is taking measures to protect privacy of their patrons. [via Info Docket]
- The exhaustive process of preserving a map found in a chimney donated to the National Library of Scotland. [via Gizmodo]
- Artist Gabriel Dawe makes rainbows. [via Bored Panda]
- Our Arts & Industries building, the 1st U.S. National Museum, amazes many who visit the National Mall. Learn more about it!
- Some key things you should know about American Indians from the director of our National Museum of the American Indian. [via Washington Post]
- Colombian singer Carlos Vives is donating one of his handcrafted guitars to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. [via Billboard]
- A new podcast about the "truly intrepid" from Atlas Obscura, starting with the story of an Arctic balloonist.
- In D.C. for the holidays? Check out the 187.63 carat Foxfire diamond at our National Museum of Natural History, the largest diamond found in North America. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- The growing interest in the history of hip hop, and how university archives are rushing to save it before it disappears. [via Boston Globe]
- Maya Angelou on how a library saved her life. [via Brain Pickings and NYPL]
Offscreen, a spooky laugh is heard...
Welcome back horror fans! ‘Tis another Halloween edition here on the blog, and try as we might, we just can’t get rid of our
fiend friend, The Mold, now can we? Inasmuch as we try to avoid it, we also can’t quite help from falling in love with our fungal revenants. They’re so clever! And even beautiful, to some eyes.
Microbial growth has been haunting us since midsummer and it isn’t good manners to just keep calling our occasional visitor by a generic name when we could call it by its proper name, i.e. by its genus, or what we can identify further through the process of speciation. But must we be specific down to the species to know if it is a threat to our collections and our health? Not necessarily, but for our disaster preparedness, and safety programs, we have been investigating when and why we would wish to do so.
Meanwhile, back in the laboratory, we decided to run a tiny experiment under controlled conditions. Some time ago, we banished an object from the deep collections stores for fear it could contribute to a looming Blob-like takeover someday. But could this mad conservator prove that this lurker was in fact a viable threat? Armed with nothing but a sealed Petrie dish, a water mister, a sample from the object, the warmth of my computer’s drive, and time, I determined….
….that indeed, I could revive the dormant subject.
Please see portraits of our revivified sample, newly added to our Gallery of Horrors album on Flickr, (Mold XV-XX).
With the assistance of our brave and thorough Industrial Hygienist, Sophia Kapranos, we sent further samples off to our labs to get closer to a name for our Creature (or creatures). as seen in Laura Wahl’s post linked below. We shall be presenting further on the logistics, practicality, cost-effectiveness and wisdom of culturing and speciating mold strains for an upcoming seminar Control of Health and Safety Hazards in Museums and Collections Care next week. Please join us….if you dare…
(With apologies to Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley)
Conserving Archival Collections Suffering from Fungal Attack, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives
The Mold . . ., The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Mold! Webinar, Connecting to Collections Online Community
- Beautiful 19th century images of vegetables found at a flea market, by Charles Jones. [via Hyperallergic]
- Saving Langley Research Center's records, and in turn, American aviation history. [via NASA]
- The Smithsonian National Museum of American History's Archives Center and Libraries has acquired Jane and Michael Stern's ephemera from their foodie roadtrips. [via O Say Can You See]
- Making web records accessible to the public. [via Archive-It]
- The U.S. National Archives' new gifs continue to amaze...[via NY Times]
- 20th century images of Washington DC in Google Street View. [via Historical Society of Washington D.C.]
- A new Smithsonian podcast, Sidedoor! [via NBC News]
- 239 editions of feminist magazine, Spare Rib, now online via British Library. [via Jisc]
- Bye-bye, Bao Bao. [via Washington Post]
- You can now keyword search the Wayback Machine! [via Internet Archive]
- The first major exhibit of the Qu'aran opened at the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler. [via Voice of America]
As some of you may know the Smithsonian American Art Museum was originally known as the National Gallery of Art. It bore this name from 1907 till 1937. At that time the museum had to change its name to the National Collection of Fine Arts when its former name (National Gallery of Art) was assigned to the collection donated by Andrew W. Mellon to the United States. In 1980 it changed names again to the National Museum of American Art and then finally in 2000 to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
It was not until 1968 that the museum found a permanent home at the old Patent Office Building. Before then the collections were exhibited in the Art Room at the Smithsonian Institution Building, as well as in the Arts and Industries Building and at the National Museum of Natural History. In the slideshow, you will find the poster for the opening of the museum at the old Patent Office Building in 1968 and a selection of various exhibition and program posters, both from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.
- Record Unit 452: National Museum of American Art, Office of Exhibition and Design, Exhibition Records, 1975-1981, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 97-036: National Collection of Fine Arts, Office of Public Affairs, Publicity Records, 1968, Smithsonian Institution Archives
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