Digital Library: Art and Design

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

Video of a lecture given by Ellen Rubin on the history of pop-up and movable books.

Art & Artist Files in the Smithsonian Libraries' Collections

Search the database of over 50,000 artist names, including emerging and regional American artists, who have files in our Art and Design and History and Culture libraries.

Deciphering the Archimedes Palimpsest and Creating Digital Manuscripts

Lecture on the discovery, conservation, and imaging of the Archimedes Palimpsest by William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum.

Design Digitized

Some of the most beautifully illustrated folios in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library's rare book collection.

Hirshhorn Museum Library Audio Archive

Index and samples from event recordings and artist interviews dating back to the founding of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1969.

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

An index to the earliest books printed with movable type held by the Libraries. Some entries have associated images.

Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne

The beautifully illustrated mid-19th century periodical that helped the French cement their position as taste-makers in furniture and interior design.

Libraries in a Networked World

Video of a lecture given by Roy Tennant as part of the series on the future of libraries, museums and archives given in celebration of the Libraries' 40th anniversary.

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

Curated by Libraries staff, this guide to online exhibitions from libraries, archives, and manuscript collections around the world is one of a kind.

Modern African Art: A Basic Reading List

An annotated bibliography that dispels the notion that nothing has been published on contemporary African art. Updated regularly.

Monographs on African Artists: An Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography that separates the polished gems from the stones - a list of substantive monographs and exhibition catalogs on 20th-21st century African artists.

Not Done Yet: Charting a new Course for Librarianship

Video of a lecture given by David Lankes entitled "Not Done Yet: Charting a new Course for Librarianship"

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

Portraits of scientists, engineers, and inventors collected by Bern Dibner to complement he thousands of scientific books and manuscripts in the library he founded.

Seed and Nursery Catalogs

Colorful collection of catalogs that document the history of the seed and agricultural implement business as well as ornamental and edible plants in the U. S.

Shedding Light on New York

This massive archive of photographs show the variety of lighting fixtures E. F. Caldwell & Co. produced for wealthy clients like Carnegie, Morgan, and Astor.

Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library

Richly colored illustrations from Art Nouveau and Art Deco era France that illustrate costume, interior, and pattern designs.

Voyages: A Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition

Voyages of discovery can be of many kinds: a physical journey to an unknown place, a mental exploration of new or familiar territory, or a wholly new episode of creative thought.