The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will launch its Cosmetics and Personal Care Collections Digitization Project, made possible with the support of Kiehl’s.
The museum’s Division of Medicine and Science documents the advances and changes made in health and wellness throughout American history. It has approximately 90,000 artifacts, including a collection of 2,000 personal care and beauty products. This collection, in particular, highlights the interplay between medicinal and cosmetic products and documents America’s ever-changing conceptions of health, beauty and well-being. The division’s medical collections also include such notable objects such as the AbioCor Total Artificial Heart, an iron lung and the Salk vaccine.
The National Museum of American History, with the support of Kiehl’s, plans to extend the collection to the Web through the Cosmetics and Personal Care Collections Digitization Project. A museum specialist will identify, photograph and provide descriptive information for the cosmetic and personal care objects collection on the Web. The project will allow the museum’s collection of cosmetics and personal care products to be accessed online for education and research around the world.
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