The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 8/6/2010
by Effie Kapsalis on August 6, 2010
- Lapham's Quarterly weighs in on Teddy Roosevelt's very large collection of dead animals, which Roosevelt donated to the Smithsonian after a 1909 hunting and exploring expedition.Read more about the Expedition at the American Museum of Natural History and check out some of the Smithsonian Institution Archives' images and records related to the expedition.
- Our very own Effie Kapsalis just had a hand in building Anthologize: an incredible (and free) Wordpress plugin built by the OneWeek | OneTool team that allows you to turn your blog into a publication. Organize your travel notes into a published monograph, turn your art blog into a beautiful portfolio--the possibilities are endless! Check it out!
- The Smithsonian Libraries are testing out free eBook downloads of Smithsonian publications, and would love your feedback!
- Smithsonian Institution Archive's Courtney Esposito writes about the history of the Smithsonian's various radio shows, and the National Museum of the American Indian's photo intern Jamie Guthrie points out souvenir photo albums from the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition in SIA's collections on the SIRIS blog.
- A day in the life of Disney’s archivist.
- Around the Mall profiles one of the world's first personal computers, the TRS-80, an example of which is held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and which went on sale for the first time this week back in 1977.
- I love writer Zora Neal Hurston's books, but had no idea that she was a trained anthropologist that worked with rural black communities before she became a successful novelist! Harlem World shared this incredible reel (which includes footage of Cudjo Lewis, the final survivor from The Clotilde, the last arriving slave ship to America in 1859), that Neal Hurston shot while doing fieldwork in rural Florida [via Now & Then]: No Longer Available.
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