Jennifer Himmelreich, Intern

This past summer, intern Jennifer Himmelreich arrived at the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library at the National Museum of the American Indian from her home on the Navajo Nation in Beclabito, New Mexico. Her task: to organize the Native American artists’ files in the library – exhibition catalogs, postcards, slides, correspondence, CVs, and other ephemera – into an organized, succinct file system.  Jennifer sorted through thousands of pieces of material, developing and editing more »

Indian Notes Now Available!

Indian Notes, a recent entry into the Libraries’ digital collection through the History, Art, and Culture (HAC) Project. Lynne Altstatt, Librarian at the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library at the National Museum of the American Indian, selected this title for digitization because of the impact increased access will have for researchers of Native American culture.

“Topping off” in Suitland

Twenty students and two instructors from the Catholic University of America‘s (CUA) School of Library and Information Museum Libraries Institute were hosted by the Smithsonian's two libraries in Suitland, Md. on July 27th. The tour lasted from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A similar tour has been hosted in past years, to rave reviews. The tour began at the Museum Support Center (MSC) and its library. MSC librarian Gil Taylor outlined where the tour was to take place in the vast building, and explained how the library serves its users from varied disciplines. Then, Lisa Palmer, museum specialist from the Fishes Division, guided the group through a fascinating visit through the newish Pod 5 and its huge “wet” collections. Of special interest to the class was how numerous specimen jars are routinely “topped off” and the revealing of a prehistoric-looking coelacanth specimen. Next, the class was escorted through the Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) by MCI technical information specialist, Ann N’Gadi. A number of MCI labs and their complex instrumentation were shown, and more »

National Apple Month

Golden Noble, Lord Derby, Devonshire Quarrenden, Gravenstein, Ellison's Orange . . . what are these you might ask? They are varieties of apples that can be found in  The new book of apples by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards with paintings by Elisabeth Dowle (available in the Libraries' Botany and Horticulture Library.) "The watercolours, which were commissioned to illustrate this book, were painted by the distinguished botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle. They took four years to complete as each fruit and blossom was painted from life. The varieties are shown both as they grow on the tree, and as they appear when full ripe."  Many other books on apples can be found in the Libraries—from the Smithsonian American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery Library, the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd, Library of Natural History to the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian, which has in its collection Johnny Appleseed man & myth by Robert Price.—Ninette Dean (who also took the photo)

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