When the Library at the American Museum of Natural History was putting the final touches on its new online image database, Digital Library Special Collections, staff wondered how to let the public know about this rich and exciting new resource. At around this same time, Library Director Tom Baione was speaking with New York-based artists Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman and the three hatched a plan to share the site’s the unique resources and to give the artists an opportunity to discuss how their work has been influenced by the Museum and its vast collections of photographic images.
The Darwin Manuscripts Project (DMP) is pleased to announce that it was awarded a three-year grant totaling $426,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Division. This funding will support an exciting new phase of the project, The Botanical Manuscripts of Charles Darwin.
The Museum Library owns two of E. A. Seguy’s pochoir albums of the 1920s: Papillons and Insectes, both of which are collections of folios in vivid color and include design compositions at the back. Popular works of Art Deco design among more scholarly natural science tomes, these holdings have inspired in many much curiosity and enthusiasm.
Today we worked with a collection of records from the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, primarily consisting of correspondence about specimens between AMNH scientists and their colleagues at other institutions.