• Gene Stratton-Porter and the end of Limberlost Swamp

    30 days ago - By Smithsonian

    Smithsonian's Collections Search Center turns up intriguing results for Gene Stratton-Porter- images from the Art Inventories Catalog of Smithsonian's American Art Museum, a natural history text, and a book on travel through the "Hoosier state" from Smithsonian Libraries. These only hint at her fascinating life. I first learned about Stratton-Porter when Smithsonian Libraries digitized one of her natural history texts, contributed to Biodiversity Heritage Library. Looking at her books on BHL, one finds texts that describe birds, bugs, and her birthplace-the state of Indiana.
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  • Connecting the Threads: Interdepartmental Collaboration and the Elayne Zorn Collection

    Connecting the Threads: Interdepartmental Collaboration and the Elayne Zorn Collection

    30 days ago - By Smithsonian

    
    Men playing traditional Andean flutes.
    Subseries 5B: Slides, Elayne Zorn collection ,
    National Museum of the American Indian, Archive Center. One of the reasons I love working behind the scenes in a museum is that you never know what incredible objects and stories you will come across. This past year, by chance, I stumbled upon the amazing life of anthropologist Elayne Zorn after being asked to enhance records related to her collection in the National Museum of the American Indian's Collections Information System. Elayne Zorn spent many years and much of her professional career as a...
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  • Processing the Burpee Company Records, Part Two

    Processing the Burpee Company Records, Part Two

    30 days ago - By Smithsonian

    My ‘archival expectations' began once I was informed by the Smithsonian's Archives of American Gardens that I would be processing a seed company's collection. I figured I would find business records-office files, formal correspondence, personnel and financial records, and contracts. What I was not expecting, however, was a surprisingly large amount of family papers.
    For me, the most exciting part about working with personal papers is reading into the social life these people lived; especially of those similar to my age (25). Reading about good times had with family and friends is an...
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  • Increasing Central and South American Archival Collections at the NMAI, and Fulfilling the Museum's Original Mission

    Increasing Central and South American Archival Collections at the NMAI, and Fulfilling the Museum's Original Mission

    30 days ago - By Smithsonian

    Meeting Minutes from its opening year in 1916 record that the Museum of the American Indian's founding mission was “the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of all things connected with the anthropology of the aboriginal peoples of North, South and Central Americas.” The following century brought with it many changes to the original museum, including its incorporation into the Smithsonian, its expansion from locations not just in New York but also in Washington, DC and Suitland, Maryland, and a re-wording of the original mission statement that was more inclusive of contemporary...
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