U.S. Virgin Islands Legislative Archives Project

In March of 2018 Smithsonian Libraries conservator Katie Wagner, Ashley Jehle, objects conservator for the National Museum of African Art, and Preston Huff of the National Archives and Records Administration were detailed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for hurricane Maria and Irma relief in the U.S. Virgin Islands. During the two week detail they visited museums, libraries and archives on all three islands preparing reports to aid the institutions in receiving more »

New Summer 2019 Internships Available

The Smithsonian Libraries has recently opened the General Internship program for Summer 2019 applications, as well as a new paid opportunity, the Education Latinx Narratives project. Below are more details.  Applications for both close March 22, 2019. General Internship Program These flexible, part-time opportunities are open to both undergrad and graduate students in a variety of subjects, with one remote/virtual opportunity. Summer 2019 projects include: Collections Processing: Cultural Heritage Legacy Library  at more »

Cooper Hewitt Pro-Seminar Series: a 3-D Winter Scene

This post was contributed by Olivia Grochmal, graduate student in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies program offered jointly by the Parsons School of Design and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Elizabeth Broman, Reference Librarian, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library.  All incoming students in The New School Parsons History of Design and Curatorial Studies (MA) Masters’ Degree Program at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum take an object and more »

World of Maps Internships: Charting a Course for Map Conservation

This post was written by Joanna Shuker, an intern working on the World of Maps project during Fall 2018. It is one of two complementary features. Please also read Melissa Carrillo’s  insights, posted on the Smithsonian Institution Archives blog, The Bigger Picture,  February 26th, 2019. Funding from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee allowed fellow conservation intern Melissa Carrillo and me to undertake a sixteen-week conservation project at the National Museum of Natural History more »

Enslaved Peoples Narratives and the Smithsonian

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has in its collections a copy of Twelve Years a Slave: The Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841 and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, published in Auburn, New York, in 1853. A free black man, captured and sold into slavery, Northup recounts being held in a slave more »

Music Displays in the Early Twentieth Century

Since 2019 is the Smithsonian Year of Music, this is the perfect opportunity to take a look at music-related materials in the Trade Literature Collection. After a search of the Collections Search Center and a little browsing in the stacks, one rather thick catalog from 1912-1913 caught my attention.

A Tale of Two Exhibits

This post was written by John Powell, Exhibit Developer/Writer with Smithsonian Exhibits. It first appeared on the Smithsonian Exhibits blog.    Last year, Smithsonian Libraries celebrated its 50th anniversary as a unified library system by opening not one, but two exhibits: Game Change: Elephants from Prey to Preservation and Magnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect. Smithsonian Exhibits (SIE) was thrilled to be asked to design, edit, and produce the exhibits. Here’s our tale more »

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