American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Research Library Launches Major Archival Initiative
From a AMNH:
Roy Chapman Andrews’ 1925 Mongolian passport. A wax cylinder recording device from the late 19th century. The planning notes for a visit to the Museum by Marie Curie in April 1921. Is there anything that transports us to a time and place like a physical object?
As the Museum celebrates its 150th anniversary, the Research Library is working to make these and other items in the Museum’s vast collection of archival treasures more accessible to the public and researchers through the new Shelby White and Leon Levy Archive Initiative. The three-year project will help expand access to the central archive documenting the Museum’s first 100 years, to create a comprehensive digital asset management system for digitized papers, images, videos, and other digital materials, and to reorganize thousands of items in the Memorabilia Collection.
The Memorabilia Collection, in addition to being reorganized for increased access, will be stored in new compact shelving to increase capacity. And, looking ahead, a selection of memorabilia will be displayed on a glass-shelved wall in a new public area of the Library that will open with the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation.
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