The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 12/3/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on December 3, 2010
- I’m sure you’re familiar with beauties, like the one above, from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Well, apparently, with “a basic understanding of astronomy data & image processing software” you can create your own astronomy images.
- Find any straggler rolls in your attic! The end of Kodachrome creeps closer and closer—the last day that Kodak will accept any prepaid 35mm Kodachrome film for processing in Europe has just passed (November 30th) and the final date for the States is December 30th.
- In the news this week: the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art have acquired several important archives, including gallery correspondence with artists such as Valerie Jaudon and Nam June Paik, as well as the papers of conceptual and installation artist David Ireland.
- We like lists because we don’t want to die. An interesting take on our propensity for list-making from Umberto Eco at Lifehacker (originally from Spiegel) [via Effie Kapsalis, SIA].
- The National Museum of American History blog gives an account of preserving their Maid of Cotton collection—photos, video, and scrapbooks associated with this long running beauty contest sponsored by the National Cotton Council. Keep your eyes peeled for the book balancing on the head trick. I thought they only did that in The Music Man.
- It has come to this, you ancient paper lovers (I include myself in that count, by the way): folks at paperinternet.org are “preserving important bits of our civilization” by creating time capsules of curated paper records [via Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, SIA].
- Hangingtogether.org gives a quick, but nice overview of the recent, and intriguingly titled, “Reimagining the Archive” Conference at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
- I enjoyed reading Laurel Bellon’s account of her internship at The Internet Archive, especially since she talks in detail about their treasure trove of cooking related collections, including this gem of a video, “Cooking with Jolene The Trailer Park Queen”:
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