The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Posts tagged with: Film/Video
Amongst the Archives collections we have appoximately 50,000 pieces of audiovisual materials and counting. These analog audiovisual materials come in a variety of formats including 16mm and 35mm motion picture film; U-matic, betacam, and VHS videotapes; DATs; audiocassettes; 1/4" audiotape; and vinyl records. While we have some of the equipment necessary to view and listen to these formats, making them available more broadly to people requires us to digitize them. As a result, starting in earnest in the fall of 2008 the Archives began to digitize select audiovisual items from our collections. To date we have digitized over 1000 hours of audio and video. Below you will find a compilation of clips from some of the video represented in our collections; covering such topics as science, research, exhibitions, expeditions, and more at the Smithsonian.
In putting together these clips I came across one particular video that I wanted to share in its entirety. It is a video that was used in the exhibition, Information Age: People, Information and Technology, which was at the National Museum of American History from 1990-2006. This permanent exhibition chronicled the birth and growth of the electronic information age with a special focus on how information technology has changed the way people live and work. The video was unique at the time being displayed across 12 individual screens.
Accession 06-104: Office of Telecommunications, Productions, 1987-1996, Smithsonian Institution Archives
What a Groovy Idea! A Pan-Institutional Survey of Audiovisual Collections, The Bigger Picture blog, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Tomorrow, on December 18, a little movie you may have heard about called, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, comes out. In the spirit of the occasion, we thought we'd take a look at what Star Wars related materials we have here at the Archives.
First we have a page from the exhibition concept for "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth" which was on view at the National Air and Space Museum from 1997-1998.
Next a floor plan for "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth."
We also have some images of models used in the exhibition.
- Accession 11-072: National Air and Space Museum, Exhibits Design Division, Exhibition Records, 1991-1999, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Accession 03-059: Smithsonian Productions, Productions, 1987-2001, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- October is here and with it comes American Archives Month! [via Smithsonian Collections Blog]
- At the National Musem of American History - Three new collections that represent Latinas from Los Angeles, California. [via O Say Can You See? blog, NMAH]
- Aspiring artist? The National Portrait Gallery's Teen Portrait Contest runs through the end of October, so turn in your submissions today! [via NPG]
- You may have heard, but scientists have discovered the presence of water on Mars! [via AirSpace blog, NASM]
- Out this week - The Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit, a "tool that provides information and resources to help federal agencies use the power of public participation to help solve scientific and societal problems." [via NARAtions blog, NARA]
- A new exhibit at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York, Mexican Photography: Women Pioneers I, presents black-and-white images from some of Mexico’s most celebrated female photographers. [via Lens, NYT]
- For fans of DC - A video visualizing early Washington, DC. [via Ghosts of DC]
- Museum problems - The American Museum of Natural History is working on getting a 122-feet-long skeletal cast of a newly discovered species of Titanosaurus into a new permanent exhibit space. [via Wired]
- The DC Public Library needs your help in creating its go-go archives! [via Washington Post]
- Looking towards the future - What lies ahead for Smithsonian Libraries. [via Unbound blog, SIL]
- October begins next week and that means it is American Archives Month! On October 1, archives across the country will be answering your questons via Twitter using #AskAnArchivist. Here's a look at the folks who'll be answering questions at the Getty Research Institute. [via The Getty Iris]
- New resources available: Columbia University launched a multimedia glossary for studying cinema and filmmaking and University of Utah's Marriott Library and the Oxford University Press created a new digital archive examining suicide. [via OpenCulture and InfoDocket]
- Taking it inside, the Smithsonian Gardens has created some plant vignettes in the Ripley Center. [Smithsonian Gardens blog]
- Coming up this weekend the National Museum of American History is hosting an Innovation Festival. [via SI Newsdesk]
- Check out the video below on the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries where the collection of Rumsey is fused with innovative geospatial technique and visualization technologies. [via InfoDocket]
- Don't blink - The wet plate collodion process distilled down to six seconds! [via PetaPixel]
- Help bring the USS Enterprise back in time with your old photos! [via AirSpace blog, NASM]
- Get your submarine ready - This week the first digital geological map of the world’s ocean floor was released. [via InfoDocket]
- What's your story? Tales of first encounters with art in Southern California. [via The Getty Iris]
- National Geographic magazine, a nonprofit publication since its founding in 1888, will now shift to a for-profit status under a new partnership with 21st Century Fox. [via InfoDocket]
- Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Smithsonian with a series of vibrant performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions at various museums. [via SI Newsdesk]
- Check out DC Public Library's Fab Lab in the video below. [via InfoDocket]
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