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The Bigger Picture

This blog from the Smithsonian Institution Archives explores the various people, research, programs, and wonders of the Smithsonian's holdings - a rich cultural repository that began in 1846 and continues to this day. Aptly titled The Bigger Picture, the blog invites readers piece-by-piece into the vast landscape of the Smithsonian Archives. Entries vary in scope, highlighting interesting artifacts, detailing the challenges and benefits of working with the Institution's collections, or offering tips to readers on how to manage their own personal collections. Recent entries have included a photograph of the earth taken from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a short entry about the 1977-78 public "sketch-ins" of Alice the Spider Monkey at the National Zoological Park, and a video entry on the "test tube puppies" that may hold a key to breeding endangered species. The blog succeeds at documenting multiple perspectives on the cultural impact of archives, and entries date back to January 2009.
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