Hot Topics in Archival Research

We highlight a few topics explored this spring by researchers at the Archives.

T D Stewart Measures Human Leg Bone in Terry Collection
What does the Smithsonian Institution Archives collect? We say we hold records about the history of the Smithsonian and its people, programs, research, and activities. But this answer doesn’t quite do justice to the breadth and depth of our holdings.

The reference team fields around 6,000 queries per year. Ask us what people have been researching recently, and you'll get into some of the enlightening, weird, and fascinating details of the Archives' collections. Here is a sample of the diverse questions our researchers have been exploring for the past few months!

Over the past three months, researcher projects have delved into:

The Hayden Surevy Group, 1887

Rosalind Wulzen (b. 1886), Smithsonian Institution Archives, SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2010-1513].
Permissions to upcoming publications using our photos or documents include:

Biggest disappointment:

  • Penguin Press emailed us to request historical images of dancing bears for a book cover illustration. Our photos team reported back that, regrettably, the Archives' collections contain only photos of bears doing traditional bear activities.

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