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tiny colorful cut out figures in 17th century European clothing dance in a three dimensional garden

A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering

Ellen G. K. Rubin discovered pop-up and movable books when she began reading them to her sons over 25 years ago. Today, she has more than 6,500... Webcasts and video

a boy in breeches and high waistcoat draws on the floor with a quill. the alphabet is behind him written on a horizontal scroll

Art & Artist Files in the Smithsonian Libraries' Collections

The Smithsonian Libraries' Art and Artist Files are an exceptionally valuable resource for art historical research done on emerging regional and... Collections

Artists' Books Collection

Artists' Books

Artists’ books exist at the intersections of printmaking, photography, poetry, experimental narrative, visual arts, graphic design, and... Collections

photo of men in old fashioned flying gear sitting in and loading a two-person prop plane

By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea

This online publication, By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea, aims to "revisit"... Collections

red, pink, brown and green arabesque designs on the cover titled "La Alhambra"

Design Digitized

Design Digitized is a collection of rare books from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library collection. Digitization was... Collections

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Eerie Anatomy : Periscope Tour of Medical Texts in the Dibner Library

On October 29, 2015, the Smithsonian Libraries held a Periscope tour of the Dibner Library for the History of Science and Technology... Webcasts and video

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Finding Aid to Postal Files at the NPM Library

Inventory of postal and philatelic files in the Library of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. Files indexed include:

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Galaxy of Images

Explore a rich library of over 15,000 images from our scanned collections grouped into dozens of categories like "Society and Culture", "Plants... Collections

Hirshhorn Museum Library Audio Archive

Hirshhorn Museum Library Audio Archive

The Hirshhorn Museum Library's Audio Archive is a repository of 306 digital audio files reformatted... Collections

Incunabula in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Incunabula in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology has 320 incunabula in its collection. Incunabula (from the Latin meaning swaddling... Collections

Index Animalium

Index Animalium

Sherborn's Index Animalium is a compendium of zoological taxonomic species nomenclature from 1758 to 1850. For each species described... Collections

Cover of "The Scientific Shop" showing a microscope

Instruments for Science

Scientific trade literature is a unique and uniquely valuable category of historical evidence. But it has not always been so highly regarded.... Collections, Trade Literature

illustration of a blue tufted Rococo revival love seat

Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne

Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne (Furniture repository, ancient and modern), a bimonthly periodical published in Paris, exerted an... Collections, Trade Literature

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

Library and Archival exhibitions on the Web features links to over 2,500 online exhibitions sponsored by libraries, archives, and... Collections

Modern African Art:  A Basic Reading List

Modern African Art: A Basic Reading List

Modern African Art: A Basic Reading List" is an Internet version of a bibliography that was originally compiled in 1990 and is being updated... Bibliographies

Monographs on African Artists: An Annotated Bibliography

Monographs on African Artists: An Annotated Bibliography

This bibliography is limited to substantive monographs and exhibition catalogs about 20th-21st century African artists. Focusing on a single... Bibliographies

Postal files at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Library

Postal files at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Library

Postal files at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Library.

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Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The scientific portrait collection in the Dibner Library was assembled by Bern Dibner. The images formed a fine research complement to the... Collections

red orange and yellow flowers surround a small aerial photo of a farm and the words 1898 Burpee's farm annual

Seed and Nursery Catalogs

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries have a unique trade catalog collection that includes about 10,000 seed and nursery catalogs dating from... Collections, Trade Literature

Sewing Machines: Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Collections

Sewing Machines: Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Collections

This guide illustrates the range of materials published by and about sewing machine companies in the United States, starting in the 1840s.... Collections, Trade Literature

Shedding Light on New York

Shedding Light on New York

The E. F. Caldwell & Co. Collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, contains more than 50,000 images... Collections

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Taxonomic Literature 2 online

TL-2 is the premier publication of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT).  In its print form, TL-2 is a 15 volume guide to the... Collections

The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World

The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Scientist

Dr. Laura J. Snyder, Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York City, presents a lecture based on her recent book "... Webcasts and video

Cover of Columbia bicycle catalog, 1912, showing a woman kneeling painting the words "Columbia" while crowning a bicycle with a laurel wreath.

Trade Literature Collection

The trade literature collection of the Smithsonian is internationally known as an important source for the history of American business,... Collections, Trade Literature

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United States Exploring Expedition

In one very important way, the work of the United States Exploring Expedition was only beginning when the ships returned to Washington after... Collections