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. "


Hurricane Relief to Libraries from NEH

Kathleen stopped in to let us know that National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded emergency grants to aid recovery and preservation of cultural resources in the areas effected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nineteen grants worth $565,000 were awarded to various museums, archives, and higher education institutions.

Too many treasures, not enough space

Ellis County Historical Society president Wilbert Pfeifer Says someday, the museum might have space to display eight to 10 percent of its artifacts, but not yet."We have a lot of things that can be brought out to enhance what we do have already," said Erin Hammer, curator of the Ellis County Historical Museum.

In the basement and sub-basement, Hammer shows items that are processed and stored in acid-free paper and plastic drawers. The No. 5 plastic is safe for storing artifacts and makes cataloging and finding the items much easier.

The attic is a different story, though. Racks of clothes are covered in plastic. The silk beaded dresses from the 1920s narrowly escaped damage from a leak in the roof.

Acadian artifacts salvaged from Louisiana flood

slashgirl writes "From the article: "Hundreds of Acadian artifacts from a Louisiana museum are drying out in the care of archivists in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

Among the artifacts rescued from flooding was the royal proclamation in which the Queen acknowledged for the first time the wrongs done to the Acadian people during the deportation of 1755."

Rest of the story HERE."


Katrina ruins some Gulf cultural sites

the_anarchivist writes "This article from the Associated Press details the damage done by Hurricane Katrina to some of the 126 museums in the Gulf Coast region. These include the New Orleans Museum of Art, the National D-Day Museum, and Longue Vue House & Gardens."


The Smithsonian's Newest Exhibits: Water Stains

Anonymous Patron writes "New York Times Reports on the Smithsonian Institution, which is falling apart.Ominous drips from strained expansion joints have sprinkled down amid Asian artifacts in the institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The historic Arts and Industries Building is closed to visitors to protect them from metal panels dropping from its beautiful but dilapidated ceiling. At the National Air and Space Museum, a water stain mars the Lilienthal hang glider that inspired the Wright Brothers to fly. Even the 1940's prototypes of what was to become seemingly indestructible Tupperware were irreparably damaged in a plumbing breakdown."


Saving Antiquities for Everyone- SAFE

Kathleen writes "Early next year, U.S. restrictions on importing artifacts stolen from Italian museums and archaeological sites will expire. In effect since 2001, the bilateral agreement that imposed these restrictions has helped catch criminals and has shown America's commitment to protecting an important part of our world heritage. This gesture of goodwill has also led Italy to allow long-term loans of important artifacts and works of art to American museums and institutions, so that the American public can learn more about Italy's rich and storied past.
See the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on International Cultural Property Protection.


IMLS Releases National Report on Status of Museums' Data Collection

kathleen writes "With the reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act in September 2003, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was charged with increased analysis of museum and library trends and needs. As one step in developing a plan to
implement this new charge, IMLS requires a regular report on the status of data collection about the nation’s museums. The most recent IMLS report was completed in 1998. In the summer of 2004, the IMLS asked McManis & Monsalve Associates to update this report. This new study examines the status of museum data sources produced between 1999 and 2004 and projected through 2006. It includes a comprehensive listing of the information sources that meet the selection criteria, and assesses the general strengths and weaknesses regarding the status of museum data, with a particular emphasis on the national perspective. Full report is available as a pdf file."



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