- One of our archivists writes a guest post for sister blog, Field Book Project Blog, about a 19th century field note book and gorgeous sketches of plants, shells, fish, and mammals found in the Archives’ collections and created by naturalist Constantine Samuel Rafinesque.
- Before I moved to Washington, DC, I wasn’t aware of Emancipation Day. Learn more about this upcoming DC-related holiday, which commemorates the historic piece of legislation that ended “the national shame” of slavery in the nation’s capital, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862.
- A conservation intern at the Smithsonian’s National Musuem of the American Indian talks about an unusual repair she recently made to the fur trim on a beautiful pair of Athabaskan mittens created by Gwich'in artist Leah Roberts.
- The “archival gold” of MoMA’s PS1 art institute will open to the public at the end of 2012. One of their archivists talks about how “dated publicity materials and trinkets” and other seemingly unimportant exhibition ephemera play an important role in understanding legacy of an art institution (something we can relate to here at the Archives!) [via @EphemeraSociety].
- DIY inspiration from the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives: making banana beer in Burundi, Africa.
- A hundred years on from the Titanic disaster, we’re all still fascinated. The US National Archives’ branch in New York City, which holds records related to Titanic, showcases some of their favorite Titanic documents in the holdings:
"Titanic at the National Archives -- 100 Years." As the archival repository for the records for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the National Archives at New York City holds records in the admiralty case files related to Titanic, specifically the petition filed by the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, as the owner of Titanic, for limitation of liability. Among the documents are depostions of surviving passengers, blueprints of the ship, claims of loss and photographs. Courtesy of National Archives YouTube Channel.