Spring Intern Diane Kaczor

For the last week in March, the Libraries hosted spring intern Diane Kaczor.  Kaczor is a student in the graduate program of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She received a B.A. in communications with a business minor from Northwestern University in 1997, and holds a digital strategy and innovation certificate and an e-business strategy certificate from the University of Chicago. Kaczor is currently employed at SRDS in Des Plaines, IL, as a Special Projects Coordinator and Archivist, where she performs editorial and data analysis projects, completes market research and consulting for clients, and manages archives dating back to 1918. Kaczor’s internship with the Libraries took her to several branches in Washington, DC and Suitland, MD. She met with librarians in the National Museum of American History Library, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library, the Museum Support Center Library, and the American Art and National Portrait Gallery Library. Kaczor also spent time viewing special collections in the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural more »

The Food of the Gods

Brandon Head, The food of the gods, a popular account of cocoa, 1903 The National Museum of American History blog recently ran a post on a candy maker. Being good librarians, we tried to check and see if we had any additional information on Mrs. Ora Snyder and sadly, didn't. But the National Museum of American History Library does have many trade literature items that feature candy and candy making. Items include catalogs from the Confectioners’ Machinery & Mfg. Co. and the Cutler-Hammer Mfg. Co., which feature candy making and chocolate machinery. C-H Electrical Appliances for Candy Makers, a 1919 catalog from Cutler-Hammer Mfg. Co., includes an item called the Radiant Batch Heater which was used to make hard candy. The catalog from the Confectioners’ Machinery & Mfg. Co., entitled Machinery for the manufacture of confectionery 10th ed., also includes candy machinery such as the Springfield Marshmallow Beater and Springfield Cream Beater. Yummm!!! —Elizabeth Periale

Patty Stonesifer, Smithsonian Board of Regents Chair, visits Pennsy Drive

Patricia Stonesifer, chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, visited Pennsy Drive on March 30th.  The Libraries took part in the fast talking/walking tour for all Smithsonian unit residents. Deputy Director Mary Augusta Thomas had the pleasure of welcoming the visitors and pointing out that this is the first time the Libraries has been able to rationally arrange off-site collections in an environmentally sound space. Research Annex Technician Mike Hardy led a whirlwind tour of the stack areas and answered questions about capacity of the stacks for the future, and the current use of the collections housed there. When the group reached the Book Conservation Lab, Book Conservator Vanessa Haight had on display a stellar example of a 19th century pop-up book as a good teaser for our next exhibition on moveable books. Examples of the work that is done by interns and volunteers were also on display, highlighting the Libraries' dedication to education and to using interns and volunteers in significant projects. The tour finished in the Imaging  Center more »

April is National Frog Month

Galaxy of Images features many spectacular amphibians.—Elizabeth Periale

2010 Resident Scholar Programs

Johann Müller Regiomontanus, Epytoma Ioannis de Monte Regio in Almagestum Ptolemei, 31 Aug. 1496 The Smithsonian Institution Libraries awards stipends of $3,500/month up to six months for scholars doing research in its special collections. Historians, librarians, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows are all welcome to apply. The Libraries’ catalog is available. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian Libraries during their research within the award period, January to December 2010. The application deadline is May 15, 2009. Scholars wanting to do research primarily in the history of science and technology in the Dibner Library can apply for the Dibner Library Resident Program. Scholars interested in working in the Libraries’ other special collections should consider the Baird Society Resident Scholar Program. Download the application forms or email or mail a request for more information to Smithsonian Institution Libraries,  Resident Scholar Programs, PO Box 37012 NMAH 1041 MRC 672 Washington, DC 20013-7012 The BairdSociety Resident Scholar Program is supported by the Spencer Baird Society.The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program more »

Libraries Receives Combined Federal Campaign Merit Award

During the Fall 2008 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), many Smithsonian Institution Libraries staff members gave generously. Library staff contributed to a variety of charities via payroll deduction and one-time giving. Because of this generosity, and because the Libraries exceeded its CFC goal, the Libraries was one of eleven Smithsonian units to be given a Merit Award at the CFC awards ceremony on March 19th. This award is given to units where there is either 50% employee participation or gifts equaling $125 per capita. The Libraries had 106 potential donors with a goal of $9,500 – and actually raised $14,689 from 21 donors. Congratulations! The 2008 CFC coordinator for the Libraries was Alvin Hutchinson, who is seen here receiving the Merit Award from Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough.—Elizabeth Periale

Thomas Sully carte-de-visite – AA/PG Library

recto: Thomas Sully(born Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, 1783; died Philadelphia, PA,1872) rear: Carte-de-visite photographer: H.G. DeBurlo, Philadelphia, PA During his lifetime, Thomas Sully was one of the most prominent portrait painters in the United States with over two thousand portraits attributed to him.  After the death of Gilbert Stuart, he was probably the United States' most prominent American portrait painter. Born in England, Sully emigrated to the United States in 1792. He established his first studio in Richmond, Virginia by 1804 and subsequently moved to New York City (where, for a time, he worked as a studio assistant for John Trumbull, the American artist), then Hartford, Connecticut (during which he went up to Boston, Massachusetts to meet Gilbert Stuart). He finally settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 where remained for the rest of his life. Sully attracted notice for his new studio by announcing to paint thirty portraits for the first thirty customers for thirty dollars each. From this humble start, Sully's reputation as a portrait painter grew which brought him more »

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