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On the Hunt for National Treasures With America’s Archive Detective via Atlas Obscura

October 15th, 2019 No comments
An amazingly interesting article on the lost treasures of the National Archives and the hunt to return them. — Douglas
 
 

Mitch Yockelson knows what’s missing by heart. There’s an arsenal of diamond-encrusted daggers, swords, and scabbards gifted to Harry Truman by a Saudi prince and the Iranian shah—all stolen from his presidential library in 1978. There’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s official White House portrait. It went missing in a move. And there’s a batch of Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams that just up and vanished.

Yockelson, the investigative archivist for the U.S. National Archives, is unlikely to find any of these priceless historical treasures in a fluorescent-lit hall on the Maryland state fairgrounds. The annual Maryland Antique Arms Show brings together hundreds of dealers peddling all types of military antiques and ephemera. There, men toting bayonets for sale peruse table after table of old uniforms, yellowed discharge papers, and bowls of ammunition. Yockelson attends shows like this two or three times a year, in addition to scouring online auctions and following tips, on the hunt for lost Americana that rightfully belongs to the U.S. government.

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You can now access and download 30,000 images from The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection via DIY Photography

August 22nd, 2019 Comments off

It’s becoming more and more common for museums to digitize their collections. The latest one to join the trend is The Cleveland Museum of Art. After digitizing its collection, it made it publicly accessible online, with 30,000 images free for download and remix.

The CMA has shared the images from its permanent collection that are in the public domain open access. This means that you can download, share, reproduce, reuse and remix the images for scholarly, non-commercial, but also commercial purposes.

The CMA’s director, William Griswold, said in a statement regarding this project:

Sitting Room, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

August 2nd, 2019 Comments off

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Sitting Room, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado

Sitting Room, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

Wandering about Denver, we happened upon this historical home which also serves as an important women’s history center. 

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The Library of Congress Needs Help Transcribing 16,000 Pages of Suffragist Diaries, Letters, and Documents via Mental Floss

July 31st, 2019 Comments off

What to part of a great historical project? Check out the link below and help preserve the history of the women’s suffrage movement. — Douglas

Before the days when you could digitally preserve all musings and messages by uploading them automatically to the cloud, people just wrote everything by hand and hoped they didn’t drop their papers in a puddle. Luckily, plenty of important historical documents survived long enough for historians to archive them. Now, the Library of Congress has some 16,000 historic papers related to the women’s rights movement alone—and they’re asking volunteers to help transcribe them, Smithsonian.com reports.

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Linoleum, Victorian-era Wallpaper, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

July 31st, 2019 Comments off

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Embossed, Victorian-era Wallpaper, Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

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July 25th, 2019 Comments off

A Book Lover’s Haven Turns 100 via The New York Times

July 9th, 2019 Comments off
A Book Lover’s Haven Turns 100 via The New York Times

The Grolier Club, a redoubt of bibliophiles on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has no shortage of stately, book-lined interiors that scream — or at least murmur quietly — “serious collectors here.”

But the true spirit of the place might be found in an unassuming closet on the fourth floor containing an alarming, nearly floor-to-ceiling jumble of crumpled papers practically exploding out of weathered wooden crates.

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Little Free Library at Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

Where is your favorite Little Free Library? Share in the comments!

Little Free Library at Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado

Little Free Library at Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House, Denver, Colorado via Instagram

Wandering about Denver, we happened upon this historical home which also serves as an important women’s history center. 

This @littlefreelibrary is a miniature version of the historic home. I love Little Free Libraries and echoing the design of the house is wonderful. 

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Download Over 325 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum via Open Culture

May 28th, 2019 Comments off
Another, great, free, online resource for the art lovers among us. I can say I have flipped through many of these books at the Getty over the years so it will be great to finally spend some leisurely time  reading and viewing them. — Douglas
 

In 2014, Getty Publications announced the launch of its Virtual Library, where readers can freely browse and download 325 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue. The Virtual Library consists of texts associated with several Getty institutions. Readers can view extensively researched exhibition catalogues from the J. Paul Getty Museum, including Paul Cézanne’s late-life watercolours, when the painter raised the still life to a high art (Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors, 2004), as well as the woefully underappreciated Flemish illustrations of the 15th and 16th centuries (Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript, 2003).

The collection also contains detailed treatises on art conservation from the Getty Conservation Institute, and scholarly works from the Getty Research Institute, both of which include a multitude of books on specialized topics. Fancy reading about the relationship between Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, the two legendary 17th century painters who lived in the Netherlands’ city of Antwerp? There’s a book on that.

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Download 569 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art via Open Culture

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off
More intellectual enrichment for FREE with these museum books. Expand your mind! — Douglas
 
 

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.”

If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs.

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