The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
by Mitch Toda on November 14, 2014
- A new look for the Smithsonian as it announces its plans for renovating the South Mall portion of the Smithsonian which includes the Smithsonian Castle, the Sackler Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art, the Arts and Industries Building, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Enid A. Haupt Garden. [via Newsdesk, SI]
- Up for a redesign - the new look of the Internet Archive. [via Internet Archive Blogs]
- Reality check - Digital files decay - Here's how The Getty takes care of their digital files. [via The Getty Iris]
- Parchment during medieval times was quite the expensive purchase - As a result there are a number of creative ways people employed to repair tears, holes, and other imperfections. [via Colossal]
- A look at the digital preservation practices of 148 cultural institutions provides a basis for the current state of the digital preservation landscape. [The Signal: Digital Preservation, LOC]
- Never before seen in it's entirety by the public,The Textus Roffensis, a 12th century legal encyclopaedia compiled by a single scribe at Rochester Cathedral, in Kent, in the 1120s has been digitized and made available online. [via InfoDocket]
by Andrew Whitesell on November 13, 2014
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – 163 to be exact – Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published in the United States. In honor of this classic work, we'd like to share this whale themed slideshow. Enjoy!
- Accession T90043, New England Whaling Schooner Logbooks, 1841-1888, Smithsonian Institution Archives.
- Accession 10-062, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Education and Outreach, Friday Noon Lecture Program Audiotapes, 1991, 1995-1996, 2000-2004, 2007-2009, Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Connecting you to America’s past with a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Smithsonian’s history, treasures, and the challenges that Archives face preserving collections. More details...