Tours, Open Houses and Other Events (Part 1)

By Danna Bell, Host Committee Co-Chair

Those of you who have access to SCHED may have noticed if you click on the link for “Information” you’ll find information on the various tours and open houses that are being offered during the joint conference. In the next couple of blog posts I’ll highlight each tour. I’ll also be sharing information on our charity projects over the next few days.

Please note that a number of the tours have limited availibility. Make sure to schedule in advance using the information on the SCHED website.

Let’s get started with information on the tours we’ll be offering on Tuesday, August 14:

Smithsonian Institution Archives 
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Limited to 20 participants

Archives staff will lead a tour of the collections area, conservation lab, and digitization spaces at the Archives, the division that documents the history of this vital part of American history, scientific exploration, and international cultural understanding . See some of the staff’s favorite items from our collections.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Limited to 15 participants

See the reading room, storage, digitization and processing spaces and learn about the reference services, collections processing, and digitization workflows of the world’s preeminent and most widely used repository dedicated to the collecting, preserving and providing access to primary sources documenting the history of the visual arts in America. Participants will have the opportunity to view a selection of documents from recent acquisitions.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Open House
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the staff for an information open house where attendees can learn more about their programs, meet the staff and see materials from the archives and special collections. Explore the treasure trove of materials found in the archives and special collections. View items from the Joseph Cornell Study Center and the Nam June Paik Archive as well as from the museum’s Photograph Archives and the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Image Collections and Fieldworks Archives
1:00 pm

Limited to 12 participants.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. Staff from the Library and Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) will provide attendees with a brief tour of the Research Library and highlights from ICFA collections. In addition to the 225,000 volume research library, the archival collections contain fieldwork records and scholarly papers, including administrative records, correspondence, fieldwork notebooks, research notes, manuscripts, drawings, tracings, photographs, negatives, and motion picture films.

Folger Shakespeare Library 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Limited to 25 Participants
The Folger Shakespeare Library is the premier institution for the study of Shakespeare and his world. The Folger has been providing access to its unparalleled collection to researchers from around the world since opening in 1932. Folger staff will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the building, including the Reading Rooms. Participants will also get to view a curated show of items from the Folger vaults, focused on historic archival practices!

Special Collections as a Site of Reconciliation: The Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Project at Georgetown University (Presentation)
Tuesday, August 14
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

When Georgetown University announced that it had held slaves and sold those slaves in order to keep the University open, the University had to deal with a number of issues including the impact on the the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, part of the Georgetown University Library.  In October 2017, the Georgetown University Library issued its report on how it could respond to the University mandate to develop its library resources, special collections, and databases to support the study of slavery, racial justice, and African-American studies. Panelists will discuss their engagement with traditional researchers such as students and faculty and working with other patron groups including the descendents of the slave, the Georgetown Slavery Archive and its documentation of the University’s dependence upon slavery, and the envisioned response to the Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation initiative.

National Library of Medicine
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Minimum of 5 Participants Required for Tour
Maximum Number of Participants 15

NLM is the largest medical library in the world, with one of the richest collections of material related to health and disease. Join us for a half-hour general tour of NLM followed by a show-and-tell of our incunable, rare book, and archival collections.  Holdings include pre-1914 books; pre-1871 journals, archives, and modern manuscripts; medieval and Islamic manuscripts; a collection of printed books, manuscripts, and visual material in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean; historical prints, photographs, films, videos, and more.
 

American Folklife Center 
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Limited to 15 Participants

The American Folklife Center Archive is now one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world, encompassing millions of items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. On this tour, staff will give an overview of the collections, of the reading room and listening stations, and of our acquisitions, processing, and reference activities.

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