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12 Days of Cataloging: Festive Recent Additions to our Collections

Our Resource Description department is busy throughout the year cataloging books and other materials for our 21 branch libraries. This holiday season our catalogers shared a few delightful items that were recently cataloged, using the hashtag #12DaysofCataloging. Below is a round-up of all the titles we featured on social media.  Get ready for lots of pop-up books, castles and winter themes!  These fabulous books were compiled by staff members Heidy Berthoud, Lesley Parilla and Julia Blakely.

Holiday Greetings from Smithsonian Libraries!

We wish you warm tidings from all of us at Smithsonian Libraries this holiday season! Within the snow globe is an image of the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle) from Hints on public architecture, containing, among other illustrations, views and plans of the Smithsonian Institution by Robert Owen (1849). Our current exhibition is featured in the video as well. Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect is now on view in the National Museum more »

A Carousel Holiday Decoration

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library has nearly 2,000 movable and pop-up books, that are made with a variety of paper construction types and mechanisms that control the movement of the action on the pages. One type of movable book form is a carousel book. A carousel looks like an ordinary flat two dimensional book, but when opened, it unfolds into a 360 degree circle when stood upright.     A carousel more »

Toys from 150 Years Ago

Scouring toy catalogs and selecting their favorites is a holiday tradition for some children. We took a look in our collections to see what children might have selected in 1868. As you might expect, toys from 1868 are quite different from 21st Century toys. This trade catalog gives us a glimpse into playtime for children in 1868. Even though at first glance these toys appear rather simple compared to those of today, more »

Kovový nábytek = Metal Furniture

This 1930’s Czech tubular steel trade catalog titled Kovový nábytek, (translated simply as Metal Furniture), is a recent addition to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library’s extensive collection of furniture trade literature. The library collects these invaluable primary resource materials from all time periods, styles, designs and countries. This enhances our rare Special Collections, which includes another 1937  catalog from the Vichr company, Kovový nábytek //Vichr a Spol and two other steel more »

New Paid Internships for Summer 2019

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce two paid internship programs for Summer of 2019. One is specifically for Computer Science undergraduate students enrolled at an HBCU (Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship); the other is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of programs at any college or university (50th Anniversary Internship Program). Applications for both programs are due January 18th, 2019. Please see additional details below. Full more »

Spotting a First Edition of Peterson’s A Field Guide to the Birds

Should you happen to spot—say, in a yard sale, thrift store or grandparent’s house—an old copy of that classic of ornithological literature, A Field Guide to the Birds, have a close look. The first printing of the first edition of 1934 is calling for prices well over $10,000 in the antiquarian book trade. One was recently spied by keen-eyed staff in an office at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. This volume has more »

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