Blogs across the Smithsonian will give an inside look at the Institution’s archival collections and practices during a month long blog-a-thon 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.
To wrap up Archives Month, 2015 we are sharing some our favorite archival tools.
WIRELESS HEADPHONES | Judy Ng, Collections Processing
Judy loves her wireless headphones for listening to podcasts while she processes. “Keeps your brain sane,” she says. Judy tunes into the Pop Culture Happy Hour while arranging exhibition files and photographs in the Leo Castelli Gallery records for digitization and online access.
CLEAR RULER | Elizabeth Willson Christopher, Rights and Reproductions Coordinator
In the battle of the measuring device (ruler vs. tape measure) this ruler is clearly superior “as it allows you to have minimal interaction with collection materials: you can measure photographs without touching them.”
TAPE MEASURE | Bettina Smith, Digital Projects Librarian
Bettina proclaims, “This snazzy red tape measure is pocket-sized, easily measures documents that are longer than the standard ruler, and the lion logo brings back fond memories of time spent at Rare Book School. (aka summer camp for librarians).”
THE MICROSPATULA | Anna Rimel, Collections Processing