The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 12/23/2011
by Catherine Shteynberg on December 23, 2011
How some botanical drawings missing from the Botanical Art Collection in the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History were recently recovered, over at the Field Book Project our sister blog.
- And speaking of botany, read up on mistletoe facts from a Smithsonian botanist.
- Oral Histories of the American South: an online archive of 500 oral history interviews on topics as diverse as Civil Rights, Southern Politics, and Southern Women from the University of North Carolina [via the Internet Scout Project].
- Did you know that the Smithsonian’s founder, James Smithson, was also quite a gingerbread lover? Try his 18th century recipe for Ginger-bread cakes (i.e. cookies) over at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries blog.
- The Indianapolis Museum of Art talks about a recent update to their wonderful website full of art-related videos—ArtBabble.
- Highlighting a vintage Christmas greeting card in the Anacostia Community Museum Archives, written in the Gullah language.
- The OCLC (a nonprofit dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information) has come up with this delightfully nerdy holiday song for all you researchers, archivists, and librarians out there [via hangingtogether.org]:
Wishes for a happy holiday season and a stocking full of goodies for your library, from your friends at OCLC Research. Video created by Dennis Massie. Courtesy of the OCLC Research YouTube Channel.
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