The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
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by Effie Kapsalis on April 21, 2017
- Get ready for this summer's big installation at the National Building Museum: Hive. [via WAPO]
- Want to play old school games like Frogger? The Internet Archive has a Mac game emulator for you! [via Wired]
- Produce art. [via Colossal]
- A series of tutorials from the American Alliance of Museums, Becoming a Data Startup (for museums). [via AAM]
- 470,000 images from Europeana are now available in Creative Commons via the Europeana API. [via Info Docket]
- In preparation for this weekend's Earth Optimism Summit hosted by the Smithsonian, a look at the Smithsonian's history of conservation science. [via Smithsonian Insider]
- One-stop (free) shopping for NASA's entire photo archive! [via Vice]
- Inside the NY Times morgue files.
- 3 entries in the Peeps diorama contest featured the Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn! [via Food & Wine]
- 2 fun Twitter accounts brought to you by bots: How Bots See Art and Public Domain Cut-Up.
- Hear an extinct language from 6000 years ago. [via Open Culture]
by Effie Kapsalis on April 14, 2017
- Breathing new life into medieval manuscripts at Bodelain Library. [via Adam Koszary/Medium]
- Over 600 new rights-free videos and other media showing embryos, robots, and bouncing water droplets! [via Wikimedia Open Access Report]
- The Smithsonian is gathering thought leaders in environmental and species conservation on Earth Day for their 1st Earth Optimism Summit, and our own Pam Henson will give a keynote on the history of conservation at the Smithsonian. [via National Geographic]
- The spiritual world of Abraham Lincoln from Smithsonian historian David C. Ward. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- An archival drawing reveals the mathematics in John Coltrane's music. [via Open Culture]
- Our social followers, Wikipedian Hildabast, answered the call to write about African American, Smithosnian entomologist, Sophie Lutterlough, and turns out she has a great blog about African American scientists (almost) lost to history!
- Library of Congress is digitizing notable African American activists. [via Hyperallergic]
- While still under a 20-year restriction, James Baldwin's letters have landed at NYPL's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. [via NY Times]
- The 86-year old woman who was born in the South Carolina slave cabin now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Isabell Meggett Lucas, paid a visit. [via AP wire]
- How 18th-century urbanites dealt with overwhelming scents and sounds. [via CITYLAB]
- Because what's better than a baby oranguatan crossing the high wire with her careful and strong mom?
by Effie Kapsalis on April 7, 2017
- The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress were able to pool funds to purchase a rare photo of a young Harriet Tubman. [via Washington Post]
- The Audobon profiles Smithsonian scientist, Roxie Laybourne, who started the field of forensic ornithology which identified birds involved in plane strikes and led to improved aviation safety.
- Smithsonian Gardens launched a new app to collect stories about gardens around the country.
- A fascinating look at what the Met's data reveals about it as an institution. [via FiveThirtyEight]
- Another doomsday vault in Norway, Arctic World Archive, will hold data from archives and libraries around the world. [via Verge]
- A fan of Bob Ross' PBS show, Joy of Painting, launched a website with the 403 paintings he created on air! [via Hyperallergic]
- Manatees may have been preemptively removed from the list of endangered species list. [via NPR]
- A look at the not-so-secret tunnel running underneath the National Mall between the Smithsonian's Castle and National Museum of Natural History.[via WJLA]
- Baby cheetah bonanza at the National Zoo! [via DCist]
by Effie Kapsalis on March 31, 2017
- There are 145 collection items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and their new Objects of Wonder exhibit looks at how scientists use these collections to further our understanding of the world! (via Buzzfeed)
- Get cozy while you research! Folger Shakespeare Library lends out handmade shawls to visitors. [via Atlas Obscura]
- Students from the College of William and Mary found 30 forgotten boxes which tell the story of Maggie Lena Walker, the first African American woman to own a bank. [via Washington Post]
- The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery adds President Obama to their America's Presidents exhibit. [via WJLA]
- The first American-born (and Smithsonian-born) panda, Bao Bao, is learning new languages, eating new food, and getting ready to have her own cubs in China. [via NY Times]
- Who knew? The world's largest collection of (gorgeous) florescent rocks is in New Jersey at the Sterling Mill Mining Museum. [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- A peek inside the Newberry Library's Women's Marches archive. [via SAA]
- Yale Libraries has centralized their digital preservation work to keep up with at-risk born-digital collections across their libraries and museums. [via The Signal/LOC]
- A look at archivists preparing materials related to Orson Welles' unfinished 1970's film, The Other Side of the Wind, to be shipped for production. [via Indie Wire]
by Effie Kapsalis on March 24, 2017
- Meet the women behind African American hair care! [via #HiddenHerstory]
- MIT Libraries is kicking off the "Women in Science and Engineering@MIT" archival initiative to improve the representation of women in their archives. [via MIT Libraries]
- Know someone with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities? Tell them about Morning at the Museum, a program that provides early access to Smithsonian museums with facilitated activities! [via Smithsonian Torch/Smithsonian Accessibility Program]
- Hear and explore Russian futurist art books on the Getty's new website. [via Getty Hub]
- The Musée de la Civilisation can connect you with your 2000-year-old doppelganger! [via Smithsonian Magazine]
- Seven countries and an American donor are pledging $75.5 million to protect cultural heritage from war and terrorism. [via Art Daily]
- The U.S. National Archives and Mellon Foundation kicked off an initiative to "make historical records readily accessible to scholars, students, and the American people." [via Info Docket]
- A 360-degree sense for what it's like to conduct field research in the Amazon via Biographic:
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