Between Pages—the Art of Bill Traylor

On the occasion of Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor, the first major retrospective ever organized for an artist born into slavery and the most comprehensive look at Bill Traylor’s work to date, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sept. 28, 2018 – Mar. 17, 2019, we take a look at a special Traylor work in our library collections.  Bill Traylor’s art is colorful—floating silhouettes of yellow, red and purple dogs, more »

Applications open for 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award

The Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards grants funding for teachers and educators to explore the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries and make use of them for educational materials.  The awards are open to middle & high school teachers, college teachers, and museum educators who are developing educational materials.  

The ABC’S of the Corcoran Artist Files: the I’s

In the series called “The ABCs of the Corcoran Artist Files” the American Art and Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library will explore artists through the materials from the recent Corcoran Vertical File Collection donation by featuring artists whose surnames begin with that letter. This time we are looking at the artists whose last names start with I.

New Natural & Physical Sciences Subject Guides

We have exciting news to share: the Smithsonian Libraries has launched new subject guides to support general research in the natural and physical sciences.  These web guides include Natural History, Vertebrate Zoology, Entomology, Paleontology, Invertebrate Zoology, Geosciences, and even a bonus guide outlining maps resources Maps.  We also have updated our guides for the National Zoo, Tropical Research, the Chesapeake Bay, Botany & Horticulture and Anthropology. In each of these guides you will find carefully-selected resources for each subject from the Smithsonian Institution and from other authoritative sources from across the web. The content in the new subject guides was chosen to support research for middle and high school students and teachers, as well as for those who have a general interest in the topic. You can find more specific research resources may be available through OneSearch on our Research Tools website. The guides include links to subject databases, image collections, interactive websites, experts, and more. For example, the new Geosciences includes links to the Global Volcanism and Antarctic Meteorite more »

Physician Endorsed: Finding fashion inspiration in the Smithsonian Libraries Image Gallery

The Smithsonian Libraries Digital Library contains over 10,000 digitized books, journals and manuscripts from the Libraries’ physical collections. From those, about 15,000 individual images are available in the Image Gallery, where they are assigned relevant keywords and collections for easier browsing and searching. The Image Gallery is a great resource for researchers and teachers, but recently it has found a new audience – the product designers of Physician Endorsed. Physician Endorsed, a more »

Movable London

Elizabeth Broman and Julia Blakely co-authored this post The plot of the recent film, “Paddington 2,” revolves around a one-of-a-kind pop-up book. In a wonderful scene, the good-souled, marmalade-loving bear is transported after opening the covers to movable parts within, unfurling into a dream of London (link here). Paddington declares it is the perfect gift (“like she were finally here”) for his adored Aunt Lucy in “Darkest Peru.” The volume is for more »

A 72 Day Tour

School is back in session. Summer vacations are over. However, if you lived in 1892 and had the means to afford it, your vacation might have just started. And it might have lasted 72 days!

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