Farewell to American Archives Month 2018

FAREWELL TO AMERICAN ARCHIVES MONTH 2018

As the American Archives Month blog-a-thon comes to end on this Halloween Day, we want to send a thank you to everyone who participated....

Representing and Misrepresenting Native Americans in Archival Collections

REPRESENTING AND MISREPRESENTING NATIVE AMERICANS IN ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

The bulk of historical materials contained in Native American archival collections were not created by Native peoples. Perhaps this...

 
 
 
Flashback Friday: Behind the Scenes at the Cultural Resources Center

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE CULTURAL RESOURCES CENTER

Smithsonian Institution Archives, image number 2003-37857. Family Day at the National Museum of the American Indian , Cultural Resources...

Voting Rights and Archives Center Collections

VOTING RIGHTS AND ARCHIVES CENTER COLLECTIONS

The fraught history of Southern states denying African Americans the right to vote, a right guaranteed by the 15th Amendment, was a...

 
 
 
Adventures in Description and Discovery: Who was Miss Mix?

ADVENTURES IN DESCRIPTION AND DISCOVERY: WHO WAS MISS MIX?

Smithsonian Libraries was digitizing a book to make available online. While reviewing the book's description to check for any errors,...

The Spanish Flu

THE SPANISH FLU

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the World War I armistice. While many will remember this year as the end of the First World...

 
 
 
Pioneering Women Photographers in Africa, 1930s-1970s

PIONEERING WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS IN AFRICA, 1930S-1970S

We are excited to announce a major project the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives , National Museum of African Art, is starting:...

Favorite Photograph From Archives Center Collections

FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH FROM ARCHIVES CENTER COLLECTIONS

Arthur d'Arzien, Celanese Corporation, Bishop, Texas, ca. 1960s. Color transparency. Arthur d'Arazien Industrial Photographs, Archives...

 
 
 
Flashback Friday: Behind the Scenes at the National Anthropological Archives

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE NATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHIVES

Smithsonian Institution Archives, image number SIA2009-2221. Paula Fleming, sitting in the reading room and holding images of American...

Accessing the Bonaparte Collection at the National Anthropological Archives, Part Two

ACCESSING THE BONAPARTE COLLECTION AT THE NATIONAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHIVES, PART TWO

This post is the sixth and final post in a series of blog posts written by George Washington University students in Dr. Joshua A. Bell's...

 
 
 
What Would Frank Espada Do?

WHAT WOULD FRANK ESPADA DO?

As I walk through the streets of the nation's capital, there is never any shortage of interesting sights. But it is not the monuments...

Collection in Process: A Poem from the Ralph and Rose Solecki Papers

COLLECTION IN PROCESS: A POEM FROM THE RALPH AND ROSE SOLECKI PAPERS

Archaeological sites are not often fodder for poetic musings, but such musing may at times be revealed by other kinds of “excavations.”...

 
 
 
A Jazz Life, Interrupted

A JAZZ LIFE, INTERRUPTED

A recently acquired National Museum of American History Archives Center collection, the Maceo Jefferson Papers, 1898-1974 , relates...

Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass!: A Commemorative Blog from the National Museum of African Art

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDERICK DOUGLASS!: A COMMEMORATIVE BLOG FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART

*Update: ABC Channel 7 aired a segment on March 14, 2018 featuring the history of Frederick Douglass and the National Museum of African...

 
 
 
Gene Stratton-Porter and the end of Limberlost Swamp

GENE STRATTON-PORTER AND THE END OF LIMBERLOST SWAMP

Smithsonian's Collections Search Center turns up intriguing results for Gene Stratton-Porter- images from the Art Inventories Catalog...

How Computers Came to the Smithsonian Libraries

HOW COMPUTERS CAME TO THE SMITHSONIAN LIBRARIES

In the beginning, few offices at the Smithsonian used computers. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory used MIT's IBM 704 to calculate...

 
 
 
Connecting the Threads: Interdepartmental Collaboration and the Elayne Zorn Collection

CONNECTING THE THREADS: INTERDEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATION AND THE ELAYNE ZORN COLLECTION

 Men playing traditional Andean flutes. Subseries 5B: Slides, Elayne Zorn collection , National Museum of the American Indian,...

PROCESSING THE BURPEE COMPANY RECORDS, PART ONE

The first time encountering a new collection is exciting for an archivist. This is when we evaluate the physical condition of the collection,...

 
 
 

PROCESSING THE BURPEE COMPANY RECORDS, PART TWO

My ‘archival expectations' began once I was informed by the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens that I would be processing a...

A Year-in-Review: The Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki Papers and Artifacts Project

A YEAR-IN-REVIEW: THE RALPH S. AND ROSE L. SOLECKI PAPERS AND ARTIFACTS PROJECT

Year one of the Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki Papers and Artifacts Project is nearly complete!  Ralph Solecki's personal trowel. Department...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Sydney Street House / Fouché Architects

Sydney Street House / Fouché Architects

© Cieran Murphy Architects: Fouché Architects Location: Brisbane, Australia Lead Architects: Larissa Fouché, Rayne Fouché Area: 368.0 m2 Project Year: 2018 Photographs: Cieran... Read more ...

Cock and bull

Cock and bull

8 x 8 inches, oil painting on gessoed board Read more ...

Outlier Lofts / French 2D

Outlier Lofts / French 2D

© John Horner Architects: French 2D Location: Boston, Massachusetts United States Area: 1600.0 ft2 Project Year: 2018 Photographs: John Horner © John Horner Text description... Read more ...

Belle Isle Farm

Belle Isle Farm

So back to Garden Cottage now after a couple of weeks staying in a campervan on the farm where I have a studio. I managed to get plenty of work done including a very large... Read more ...

Amethyst Lee

Amethyst Lee

Us 2018 polymer clay, paint, jewelry, beads, yarn, wire, wood 12 x 6 x 9.5 Showing the beauty of us with the features we self hate. Read more ...

Horizontal Mixed Media Abstract Landscape Painting “Waves of Jupiter” by...

Horizontal Mixed Media Abstract Landscape Painting “Waves of Jupiter” by Santa Fe Contemporary Artist Sandra Duran Wilson

The painting is inspired by my research and fascination with astronomy. The bands and waves of Jupiter are mesmerizing and I think you will be fascinated and intrigued with all... Read more ...

Journal - Urban Sketchers - Cape Fear Sketchers - New Hanover Arboretum

Journal - Urban Sketchers - Cape Fear Sketchers - New Hanover Arboretum

Journal - Sketching with the Urban Sketchers - Cape Fear Sketchers - in cool weather and overcast skies at New Hanover Arboretum... I sat outside the Children's Garden and... Read more ...

Journal Entry Southwest France..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

Journal Entry Southwest France..Watercolor..Texas Artist..Rae Andrews

This journal entry is of Saint Cirq Lapopie while I was teaching at Le Vieux Couvent this past May. A fascinating medieval cliff side village 300 feet above the River Lot. We... Read more ...

A New Book Reveals a Colorful Side to Vivian Maier's Renowned Street Photography

A New Book Reveals a Colorful Side to Vivian Maier's Renowned Street Photography

Location and date unknown. © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York Nanny and self-taught photographer Vivian Maier... Read more ...

OP9 House / Office 88

OP9 House / Office 88

© Katherine Lu Architects: Office 88 Location: Sydney, Australia Lead Designer: Gorgi Gulevski Structural Engineer: LMW Design Group Area: 570.0 m2 Project Year... Read more ...