The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: Science
- Celebrate Black History Month at the Smithsonian! [via The Torch, SI]
- Two tragic fires destroyed records, one occured at a Brooklyn warehouse which held records from the state court system, and the city's Administration for Children's Services and the Health and Hospitals Corporation. The other at the library of the Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) in Moscow where initial estimates say that 15 percent of the 10 million volumes and materials in the library were damaged. [via The New York Times and InfoDocket]
- All the way from Alaska - A rare skull of a Baird’s beaked whale arrived at the Smithsonian for study. [Unearthed blog, NMNH]
- This week the Smithsonian American Art Museum announced the creation of The American Art Collaborative (AAC), a consortium of fourteen American museums committed to building the next generation of digital searches and scholarly advancement. [via SAAM]
- More news coming out of the Smithsonian - Smithsonian Libraries presents the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection, which includes hundreds works of art in book form across numerous branches at the Smithsonian Libraries, spanning the 20th century through today. [via Unbound, Smithsonian Libraries]
- The Library of Congress published nine new file format descriptions. [via InfoDocket]
- A sneak peek at the first photo book from 1843. [via PetaPixel]
As some of you reading this know, we enjoy getting to know fascinating women in science throughout our collections and in the Smithsonian's history. We enjoy it so much that one of us decided we needed a set of LEGO women scientists. Over lunch, we assembled the the sets with some trepidation as it had been years since our previous LEGO adventures. We had fun playing and thinking about the non-LEGO women that came before them. As a final touch, I photoshopped them into Smithsonian settings. If you visit us today, you just may see our scientists conducting research in our hallowed halls.
Meet the LEGO paleontologist conducting research on a t-rex (Perhaps the #NationsTrex) in the Paleontology Hall of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History:
Here is the LEGO astrophysicist gazing at the sky near the Great Hooker 100-inch telescope used at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California which served as a Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory station from 1905 to the mid 1930s.
And finally, while we don't have strict chemists at the Smithsonian, we do have several conservators who conduct chemical feats of wonder on our collections. Here is the LEGO chemist/conservator at the Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
- Women in Science Wednesdays, Bigger Picture Blog