Blogs across the Smithsonian will give an inside look at the Institution’s archival collections and practices during a month long blogathon in celebration of October’s American Archives Month. See additional posts from our other participating blogs, as well as related events and resources, on the Smithsonian’s Archives Month website.
The Smithsonian Libraries is getting ready for tomorrow's Archives Fair! This event is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council (SIASC) and features a lecture series as well as an "Ask the Smithsonian" Q&A session. In addition, you can meet and chat with Smithsonian archivists and librarians as they host tables representing their units. Our own rare books cataloger, Diane Shaw, will present during the lecture series on "Highlights from the Manuscripts Collection of the Dibner Library of the History of Science & Technology". During the day, she will be joined by digital image librarian Erin Rushing and Lilla Vekerdy, Head of Special Collections, at the Smithsonian Libraries table.
If you were intrigued by Diane's post last Friday on Mary Smith, check out more of her work on the Smithsonian Collections Search Center blog today! And for more information on the Archives Fair and Archives month, see the Archives of American Art's webpage. If you'll miss the chance to experience tomorrow's activities in person, the Smithsonian Institution Archives will be live blogging the event on their blog.
An example of but one archival item in our collections, this scrapbook of Theodore Roosevelt consists of various clippings and photographs pasted in to Roosevelt's book, African Game Trails. The scrapbook, housed in the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History National Museum of Natural History, is part of the Russell E. Train Africana Collection.