Library Fun Finds 11.4.22

by Lauren VanDenBerg on

Library News

Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca From Central Archives: Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Welcome to Library Fun Finds! An ongoing series where we share some of the fun and unique items we come across in the library and archives collections.

I recently had nearly the full run of Museum Memo (1953-1961) newsletters come across my desk and what an absolute joy it was. The Museum Memo was a one subject newsletter that came out 10 times a year (writer, editor John O’Reilly took 2 months off at the end of summer). These newsletters offer a behind-the-scenes look at what various people in the museum are up to. One focuses on a member of the museum’s security team and how he works with guests. Another, how the education department handles all those school groups. The tone is light and fun, sometimes a little cheeky, and they contain delightful illustrations.

Several people contributed illustrations over the years but today I thought I’d share some favorites by Joseph M. Sedacca. The Museum Memo didn’t have a particularly long run, but Sedacca (of the department of Exhibition and Graphics) contributed the bulk of the illustrations starting in 1955 until The Memo was discontinued as a stand-alone publication. His illustrations fall into a few categories:

 

People around the museum! These accompanied features on their specific work or the work of a department...

Illustration of Dorothy E. Bliss, Assistant Curator of Invertebrates in the Department of Fishes and Aquatic Biology, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of Dorothy E. Bliss, Assistant Curator of Invertebrates in the Department of Fishes and Aquatic Biology, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of Ruth Tyler, Editor of Scientific publications, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of Ruth Tyler, Editor of Scientific publications, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of Katherine Beneker, Exhibition Coordinator, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of Katherine Beneker, Exhibition Coordinator, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of John Kieran, Field Associate, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of John Kieran, Field Associate, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of John O’Reilly, Museum Memo Writer and Editor, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of John O’Reilly, Museum Memo Writer and Editor, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of Frank M. Chapman, Curator, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of Frank M. Chapman, Curator, by Joseph M. Sedacca

 

...while others are peeking around the museum in public halls and behind the scenes...

Illustration of Sequoia tree slice with person for scale, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of Sequoia tree slice with person for scale, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of space cowboy with the Planetarium projector, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of space cowboy with the Planetarium projector, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of someone unpacking from an expedition, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of someone unpacking from an expedition, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of the Hall of Man, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of the Hall of Man, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration of three blind fish, by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration of three blind fish, by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH

 

...and others are just plain fun!

Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH
Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
From Central Archives: Illustration by Joseph M. Sedacca
© AMNH

This entry was written by Lauren VanDenBerg, Shelby White & Leon Levy Project Archivist.