The Botanist’s Desire: Botanica Magnifica Redux

Back in May I posted a story about the exhibition of Botanica Magnifica in the Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibition cases in the National Museum of Natural History. Well, in this month’s Fine Books & Collections Magazine, Botanical Magnifica is featured in the cover story, "The Botanist’s Desire" by Jonathan Shipley (No. 34, July/August 2008). In addition to a number of reproductions from the work, the article describes the process used by photographer Jonathan Singer in creating the work. Smithsonian botany curator John Kress also discusses the importance of the work.

Portraits of Scientists and Inventors

A little preview of Smithsonian Libraries images. These are available on the Smithsonian Flickr Commons as well as on the Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

Smithsonian Libraries on Flickr

The Smithsonian joins the Flickr Commons project on June 16! The Smithsonian Libraries provided a selection of photographic portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. These portraits, part of a larger collection of over a 1,000 portraits in various media. The entire collection is available online at Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. The Flickr Commons project provided Smithsonian more »

Alexia MacClain Wins Gala Tickets

I am happy to announce that Alexia MacClain, SIL staff member at the National Museum of American History, was the winner of the trivia contest held at the Libraries’ 40th anniversary celebration in April at the Smithsonian Castle.  Her name was drawn from among all those who had answered the questions correctly.  She won two free tickets to the SIL "Paint the Town REaD!" ruby gala, to be held on October 30 at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard in the Donald W. Reynolds Center.  Congratulations, Alexia!                        — Nancy Gwinn

Mark Catesby’s America

David Elliott, Nancy Gwinn, Leslie Overstreet, and Cynthia Neal2008-06-09-dscn4174Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries presented "Mark Catesby’s America: Symposium and Panel Discussion" on June 9, 2008. The symposium featured Dr. Storrs Olson (National Museum of Natural History), D. Therese O’Malley (National Gallery of Art), and Leslie Overstreet (Curator of Natural History Rare Books, Smithsonian Institution Libraries). Dr. Alan Feduccia, professor of Biology and Department Chair at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presented the keynote address, "Mark Catesby and his Natural History of Carolina … : an Introduction and perspective." The event, held at the Freer Gallery of Art, was attended by over 150 guests. Following the symposium, the audience was treated to the Washington premier of The Curious Mr. Catesby. The documentary film, introduced by producers David J. Elliott and Cynthia Neal. The film, an excellent overview to the life and work of Catesby, features Leslie Overstreet and the Cullman Library. A reception followed at the Freer Gallery of Art. View images from the Smithsonian Libraries’ copy of more »

Panama Canal Zone Post Office Finding Aid

We have also created a finding aid for the Panama Canal Zone Post Office collection – Which consists of correspondence, newspaper and journal articles, government documents, stamp design files, photographs and other illustrations. The files cover the history of the Panama Canal Zone Post Office from 1904 to 1999. Please look at the finding aid – – and post your comments in the comment box below.

General and Stamp Design Files of the 3rd. Assist. Postmaster General

The National Postal Museum Library is one of the largest and most important research facilities for the study of philately and the history of postal services in the world. Supplementing the collection of publications on philately and postal history are major document collections including: General files of the Third Assistant Postmaster General – contain documentation on the stamp design and production process, covering issues such as paper, inks, engraving and printing methods, production numbers, and public reaction to the stamp designs. Stamp design files of the Third Assistant Postmaster General – especially strong from 1920 to 1970, the files are arranged by Scott number and type, including regular issue, commemorative, and airmail stamps. Please take a look at the finding aids – and let us know your reaction in the comment box below.

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