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A Typical Day at the Library

Joseph Conrad, an intern from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl  While recently wandering through the twisting halls of the National Museum of American History, my colleagues and I bumped into a young researcher at the Libraries' American History Library.

Joseph Conrad, an intern from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl, is spending the summer studying the archives of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Museum, formerly known as the National Museum. His research will include how the museum has changed its role throughout its long history.

The Arts and Industries Museum, completed in 1881, boasts Victorian architecture, and is currently under renovation. It served as the spot for President James A. Garfield’s inaugural ball, and has hosted numerous other significant occasions. While under renovation, visitors can view its amazing façade (located beside the Smithsonian Castle), and if traveling with children, can also ride the carousel out front!

Smithsonian Institution Libraries welcomes the general public, scholars, interns, and researchers like Joseph, and  to study and enjoy the many unique collections our twenty libraries have to offer!—Liz O'Brien

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  1. It’s great to see who’s using our libraries and for what purpose. Keep this information coming!

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