As a reference archivist, I’m well acquainted with the wide variety of projects in art history and related disciplines that our holdings can inform. Every now and then, though, we hear from a different kind of researcher—one for whom the papers of an artist or his or her family carry personal meaning.
Blogs across the Smithsonian will give an inside look at the Institution’s archival collections and practices during a month long blogathon in celebration of October’s American Archives Month. See additional posts from our other participating blogs, as well as related events and resources, on the Smithsonian’s Archives Month website.
Readers know by now that I am fond of men’s facial hair. therefore, it should be no surprise that I am enthralled with Whisker Wars, the new reality show about facial hair competitions in the U.S. Contestants featured on the show have the ultimate goal of completing in the World Beard & Mustache Championships.
To kick off American Archives Month, Archives of American Art staff have compiled a list of their favorite tools that they use in their archival work.
While I travel all over the country in search of archival material to bring back to the Smithsonian, I recently had a rare opportunity to visit my own hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
In the latest installment of Beards of Note, our intrepid facial hair researcher, archivist Jennifer Snyder, explores a style of beard called the Monkey Tail.