Identifying ‘French Moderns’ from a 1930s Soviet Publication

December 2, 2013

This was written by Hirshhorn Library volunteer, Elena Grant. In the summer of 2013, while preparing donated books for cataloging at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden library, we discovered an uncatalogued item—a 14 ½ by 11 ½-inch portfolio of reproductions titled 22 Selected Masterpieces: French Moderns, Museum of New Western Art, Moscow, USSR. The unfamiliar publisher name “Bookniga” and name of the long-extinct museum in the title attracted our attention. We decided more »

Halfway there! Transcribing the Scrapbook of Early Aeronautica

November 27, 2013

We have the perfect activity to help you burn off some of tomorrow’s turkey dinner! Exercise your finger muscles by helping us transcribe the Scrapbook of Early Aeronatica! Collected by William Upcott, this first volume contains correspondence, clippings, ephemera, articles and illustrations, which cover early experiments, adventures and inventions in aeronautics starting with the Montgolfier brothers.

Spring Internships at the Smithsonian Libraries

November 18, 2013

The Smithsonian Libraries is currently recruiting for four spring internship projects. These are generally part time, unpaid positions and we are happy to work with universities to help students obtain credit. All are unique learning experiences with mentorship and guidance. They are open to grad students, recent graduates and some are open to undergrad students.

Intern Devon Lemire helps advance our mission!

November 4, 2013

This post was written Devon Lemire, an intern in the Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program. Thanks for joining us this summer, Devon! My name is Devon Lemire, and this summer I interned with the Libraries’ Office of Advancement for three months. I’m from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (about a six hour drive north of the border with western Montana). I just graduated with my BA Honours in History from the University of Alberta in more »

Preserving Digital Treasures

October 28, 2013

This post was written by Kevin Barnard, summer intern in Discovery Services. Preserving the Libraries’ digital treasures is an ongoing challenge that sometimes needs an extra pair of hands to get things moving, especially when dealing with legacy digital assets.

David Livingstone and the Other Slave Trade Part III. The Slaver and the Abolitionist

October 23, 2013

This the third and final installment of National Museum of African Art Library volunteer Judith Schaefer’s series on David Livingstone. See Part I and Part II. “In Congo, unrelenting violence” “.  .  . violence and insecurity have continued to plague eastern Congo . . . groups have sought to gain power and control over the nation’s vast mineral wealth . . . civilians have been raped and killed . . .” The more »

David Livingstone and the Other Slave Trade, Part II: The Arab Slave Trade

October 21, 2013

This post is the second in a three post series by National Museum of African Art Library volunteer Judy Schaffer. If you missed the first installment, posted right before our shutdown-induced hiatus, check it out here. “. . . this trade in Hell, this open sore of the world . . .” David Livingstone’s first book, Missionary travels and researches in South Africa, published in 1857, was a huge success, not only more »

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