August 1, 2014

New Resource: National Postal Museum Announces Launch of Centralized Gateway to World’s Greatest Philatelic Research

From the Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announces the launch of the Global Philatelic Library website, a centralized information gateway to the world’s greatest philatelic research. Founding partners include the National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C., the Royal Philatelic Society London and the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa. […]

Digitization Projects: Smithsonian Institution Archives Receives a Smithsonian Women’s Committee Grant to Support the Digitization of Scientific Field Books

From the News Release (PDF) The Smithsonian Institution Archives received a grant of $22,000 from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (SWC). The award will fund two graduate paper conservation interns and two digitization interns who will work during summer 2012 to conserve and digitize original 19th and early 20th century scientific field expedition notebooks located at […]

New Database: Environment: Smithsonian NEMESIS Tracks Marine Invaders Online

From a Smithsonian Institution Overview: Mitten crabs, zebra mussels and rock vomit: These and hundreds of other non-native species have invaded coastal regions throughout the United States, often causing dramatic changes to coastal ecosystems and significant economic costs. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has now created NEMESIS (National Estuarine and Marine Exotic Species Information System), […]

Digitization: Smithsonian Turns to 3D to Bring Collection to the World

From CNET: A new effort under way at the world’s largest museum and research institution could eventually mean more of its 137 million objects will be publicly available, even if just via 3D digital models. [Clip] CNET has learned that the Smithsonian has a new initiative to create a series of 3D-printed models, exhibits, and […]

Smithsonian Launches New Website for Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art

via Art Daily: Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian is a new Web-based project developed jointly by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. It offers teachers an introduction to the civil rights movement through the unique lens of […]

Smithsonian: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library in NYC Moves Into New Spaces

From the Smithsonian Libraries Blog: The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, in the Carnegie Mansion on 5th Avenue, is closed for the next two years to undergo extensive renovations so that the entire mansion can be converted to exhibition galleries.  The library, began in the 1890s by the Hewitt Sisters at Cooper Union, occupied the Carnegie […]

Smithsonian Gets Dedicated Funds for Digitization and New Media, Will Spend $8.7 Million In FY 2012

From Federal Computer Week: The Smithsonian Institution expects to spend $8.7 million to engage in digitization, social media, mobile and Web efforts in fiscal 2012, according to an agency official. That represents roughly a $500,000 increase to be spent on those efforts this fiscal year, in comparison to fiscal 2011, Linda St. Thomas, a Smithsonian […]

Archives of American Art Announces the Opening of Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art Exhibition Records for Research

From the Smithsonian: The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art is pleased to announce the completion of a major project funded in 2007 by the Brown Foundation Inc. to fully arrange, preserve and describe the Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art Exhibition Records (264 linear feet). One of the Archives’ most significant collections is now fully accessible […]

Early Sound Recordings by Alexander Graham Bell in 1880s Played Back With New Technology

UPDATE: You can now listen to the recordings online via the Library of Congress. Direct to Recordings ||| Additional Info via Library of Congress The team has successfully submitted six discs—all experimental recordings made by Volta—to the sound recovery process known as IRENE/3D (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), a process developed by Berkeley Lab in […]

Recently Launched: Smithsonian Institution Mobile Guide Apps (iOS, Android, Mobile Web)

From the Smithhsonian Web Site: The mobile guide to visiting the Smithsonian, built collaboratively with our visitors. Discover what to see and do, search our collections, access podcasts and other apps, and add your tips and photos to Smithsonian Mobile. Continually refreshed and renewed by both visitors and Smithsonian experts, there’s always a reason to […]