Griffith Observer photo with caption, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 5, Image no. SIA2019-003501a

Hot Topix in Archival Research, Winter 2019

We highlight a few topics explored by SIA researchers this winter.

Vicarious research is one of the great joys of the reference desk at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. From our front-row (well, only-row) seat outside the reading room, we catch tantalizing glimpses of our patrons’ manifold research topics.

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 our collections. Here is a sample of the diverse questions SIA’s researchers have been exploring for the past few months!

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

Small Mammal House Construction, NZP

Permissions for upcoming publications using our photos or documents include:

Expedition Members Lifting Titanotherium Specimen

A star of satellite observation:

In 1957, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory approved the formation of Operation Moonwatch team #041 at Albuquerque High School. Vioalle Hefferan was the club’s advisor, a history teacher, and one of the only female Moonwatch leaders in the country. Hefferan headed the team until Moonwatch was dissolved in 1975, earning repute in the intervening decades as an astronomy expert and mentor to future scientists.

Now, Albuquerque’s Hefferan Planetarium is putting together an exhibit to honor its namesake. The Archives contributed copies of numerous photos and documents. In lieu of a trip to New Mexico, please enjoy the materials we digitized for the planetarium's display!

Portrait of Vioalle Hefferan, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 1, Image no. SIA2019-003497

Clipping entitled “To Learn…”, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 2, Image no. SIA2019-003498

Cover of Griffith Observer article, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 5, Image no. SIA2019-003499

Griffith Observer photo with caption, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 5, Image no. SIA2019-003501a

Griffith Observer report sheet graphic with caption, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 5, Image no. SIA2019-003502a

Front page of Albuquerque Public Schools Journal, October 1957, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 5, Image no. SIA2019-003508

Page 3 of Albuquerque Public Schools Journal, October 1957, Smithsonian Institution Archives Acc. 08-048, Box 1, Folder 5, Image no. SIA2019-003510

Letter dated January 8, 1957 (1), Smithsonian Institution Archives RU 255, Box 2, Folder 4, Image no. SIA2019-003512a

Letter dated January 8, 1957 (1), Smithsonian Institution Archives RU 255, Box 2, Folder 4, Image no. SIA2019-003512b

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