The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
- Lend a hand to "Wiki Loves Monuments" to improve Wikipedia articles about U.S. historic sites.
- The Banned Book Handbook, 2016 edition. [via Info Docket]
- Didn't get tickets to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Museum opening? You can still attend the surrounding festival featuring The Roots and Public Enemy! [via NY Times]
- The first non-white male is sworn in as Librarian of Congress, aka Carla Hayden. [via DCist]
- The exhibition history of MOMA now online. [via Info Docket]
- A (long) list of Mark Twain's favorite comfort foods (of course includes apple pie.) [via Open Culture]
- Ick, sneeze in slow motion. [via NPR]
- Aww, baby oranguatan and momma at our National Zoo. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
Amongst the Archives collections we have appoximately 50,000 pieces of audiovisual materials and counting. These analog audiovisual materials come in a variety of formats including 16mm and 35mm motion picture film; U-matic, betacam, and VHS videotapes; DATs; audiocassettes; 1/4" audiotape; and vinyl records. While we have some of the equipment necessary to view and listen to these formats, making them available more broadly to people requires us to digitize them. As a result, starting in earnest in the fall of 2008 the Archives began to digitize select audiovisual items from our collections. To date we have digitized over 1000 hours of audio and video. Below you will find a compilation of clips from some of the video represented in our collections; covering such topics as science, research, exhibitions, expeditions, and more at the Smithsonian.
In putting together these clips I came across one particular video that I wanted to share in its entirety. It is a video that was used in the exhibition, Information Age: People, Information and Technology, which was at the National Museum of American History from 1990-2006. This permanent exhibition chronicled the birth and growth of the electronic information age with a special focus on how information technology has changed the way people live and work. The video was unique at the time being displayed across 12 individual screens.
Accession 06-104: Office of Telecommunications, Productions, 1987-1996, Smithsonian Institution Archives
What a Groovy Idea! A Pan-Institutional Survey of Audiovisual Collections, The Bigger Picture blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives