Swahili Coast: Exploration by French Captain Charles Guillain, 1846-1848. Part 3, Encounters and Partnerships

The blog post, last of three, was written by Xavier Courouble, research assistant for Sailors and Daughters: Early Photography and the Indian Ocean, an online exhibition part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art’s Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa. Charles Guillain’s three-volume work, Documents sur l’histoire, la géographie, et le commerce de l’Afrique orientale and the accompanying atlas folio of lithographs and map engravings, Voyage more »

American Photography in Living Color

When working a in a library, sometimes you come across a book that demands your attention. I was recently captivated by Color: American Photography Transformed, a gorgeous catalogue from Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Nearly every page features large plates of snapshots, advertisements, and artworks. Each seems as fresh and vibrant as they must have appeared to their first viewers.

Women’s History Month: An American in Paris, Thérèse Bonney

Born in upstate New York, Thérèse Bonney(1897-1978), was a photojournalist whose work reflected a wide variety of interests and subjects. She studied at the University of California at Berkeley and Radcliffe College in the 1910s. Bonney immigrated to France in 1919 where she became one of the first ten women to graduate from the Sorbonne and founded the first American illustrated press service in Europe, the Bonney Service, in 1924. 

Libraries Artists Shine

Congratulations to Jody Mussoff, Doug Dunlop, and Huston Dove, Libraries catalogers whose artwork was selected for inclusion in Artists at Work 2011, a juried exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Community Committee.

Congratulations … Again!

In a happy coincidence, for the second consecutive year the annual Award for Photography by the Northern Virginia Review, a publication of literature and the arts, has been given to a Library Systems & Services employee, Todd Morgan, who works onsite in the Libraries’ Cataloging Department.

Pictures In A Minute

Today in 1947 the Polaroid Land camera made its debut. The Libraries featured Polaroid items from its trade literature collection last year, as well as museum objects from the National Museum of American History.

Say Cheese

From the first camera obscura to the modern digital camera it's time to celebrate Camera Day. Well, actually, June 29 was Camera Day, but it's always great to celebrate! You can find many catalogs from camera manufacturers in the Trade Literature Collection at the National American History Museum Library. This image and more on the Libraries' Flickr site are all from Polaroid catalogs. —Ninette Dean

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