Darwin collection at Natural History Museum

Anonymous Patron writes "The largest, most comprehensive collection of books by and about Charles Darwin has been bought by the Natural History Museum, London. Known as the Kohler Darwin Collection, it includes almost everything Darwin published from 1829 onwards. Highlights of the collection include:
        * first edition of On the Origin of Species presentation copy and the accompanying handwritten letter Darwin sent to W B Tegetmeier, a poultry expert, pigeon fancier and naturalist who helped Darwin with his studies
        * a rare copy of Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle, bound in original cloth in three volumes
        * 470 different editions of On the Origin of Species in 28 languages plus Braille, which is more editions than have ever previously been brought together More Here"


Purple Heart Museum Debut in NYC - Seeking Stories

search-engines-web writes "...there are up to 1.7 million soldiers who belong on the list. So they're putting out a call: If you or a family member has been awarded the Purple Heart, they want you. More precisely, they want your information for the most comprehensive list of American military sacrifice." Read the full story.



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Rants and raves on the latest trends in the world of museum informatics and technology. An intrepid cast of experts from the Museum Computer Network and AAM's Media & Technology Committee share their insights, observations and tricks of the trade."

Smithsonian Sells Out?

Today's All Things Considered (audio link, see also ABC News for text coverage) investigates a contract the Smithsonian Institution made with Showtime, granting some exclusive rights to the network. The deal is raising the hackles of some filmmakers.

Compare to the for-profit publishing of government documents, Coke's sponsorship of the Library of Congress, and the much-maligned NIH proposal to make tax-funded research public (or the hawking of virgin forests or arctic wildlife habitats, but I digress).

Is the government selling rights to national treasures off like this warranted?

NYPL Digital Gallery: 2006 Museums & the Web A

Anonymous Patron writes "NYPL Digital Gallery was recently chosen winner in the Best Research Site category at the annual Best of the Web competition held by Museums and the Web, "the international conference for culture and heritage online." An international panel of museum professionals selects winners each year from nominated sites in categories such as On-line Exhibition, Education, and Research. Web sites nominated in the Best Research Site category "support research on ... collections and provide excellent resources for researchers from any discipline."

What the judges said about NYPL Digital Gallery:

A rich information portal with wide ranging content available for easy use by the researcher, student and/or casual viewer.

Huge amount of information... Not only is the depth of content superb, the functionality of the search engine is exemplary.

This is a fascinating site that is easily searched and makes a wealth of information instantly available.

Past winners in this category include the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline
of Art History
, Tate Online, and the
Theban Mapping Project."


UC Berkeley library displays some of its coolest artifacts

It's not often I can post an article that uses the word "cool" to describe a library, so I'll take every chance I can get: >UC Berkeley library displays some of its coolest artifacts is from Inside Bay Area on the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. "It's seriously cool stuff most people will never get a chance to see in real life, " Bancroft Library officials have selected more than 350 of the library's rarest and most historic holdings for an exhibit celebrating the library's 100th year.

US Art Museums Debut Cell Phone Tours

Search Engines Web writes "museums in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Calif., Tacoma, Wash., Minneapolis and Greenwich, CT have begun offering cell phone tours, mostly for free. Dozens more are in the process of implementing the service. Here's The Scoop"

Librarian Finds Rare Documents of Biologist Linnaeus

Like any scientist, Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus needed proper supplies. One of the previously undiscovered documents that the Linnaeus Link Project Officer, Cathy Broad found at the British Museum Library included a request for glass specimen bottles in which to collect either tree samples, or for carrying water on expeditions (they're not sure which). For you Linnaeus fans, next year will mark the tercentenary of his birth.

Press release from the Museum of Natural History here , and more information about the Linnaeus Link .


Smithsonian collecting hip-hop

madcow writes "Cultural curmudgeons everywhere will likely frown even harder when they read
"For nearly three decades, hip-hop relics such as vinyl records, turntables, microphones and boom boxes have collected dust in boxes and attics.

On Tuesday, owners of such items including pioneering hip-hop artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy will blow that dust off and carry them to a Manhattan hotel to turn them over to National Museum of American History officials.""


Museum of African-American History Site

Kathleen writes "The Smithsonian Institution selected a prominent space on the Mall near the Washington Monument as the site of its National Museum of African-American History and Culture. [Monday, January 30, 2006].
For links to other African American Museums see the Association of African American Museums. "



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