The American Museum of National History launches 7,000-piece digitized collection of rare images

What used to be accessible only by researchers and staff of the American Museum of Natural History is now finally made available to the public!

_Young boy selecting slides, 1920_. Photo and title via American Museum of Natural History

Just last Monday, the American Museum of Natural History formally launched its *Digital Special Collections* – a rare move for the institution in its 145-year history. The collection boasts of more than 7,000 images, many of which were previously unseen by the public and includes archival photos, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art and other Museum memorabilia depicting its efforts in New York as well as other parts of the world. On the website, collections are divided into Rare Book Collection, Julian Dimock Collection, Lumholtz Expedition to Mexico, Art & Memorabilia, Jesup North Pacific Expedition, Photographic Collection, and Lantern Slides.

From top: _Girl holding bull frog, Natural Science Center, 1958_; _Koryak boy standing with bow and arrow, Russia, 1901_; _Lew Brown and George Peterson installing trees in Spruce-Fir Group, Forestry Hall, 1956_; _Alberto Valenzuela Rosell in Quechua costume, giving Te Ata a lesson on the end-blowing flute, Lima, Peru, 1937_; _Merin, camel leader, at head of expedition caravan crossing the great dune of Tsagan Nor Valley, Mongolia, 1925_; _Children viewing Sea Rovers, Hall of Fishes, 1948_; and _Gemsbok Group, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, 1970_. Photos and titles via American Museum of Natural History

As of this writing, a total of 7,245 items have already been digitized by the Museum. It must be noted, though, that this is an ongoing effort. Professionals from the Museum’s library, interns, and volunteers work together to have new images added to the collection every week.

All information in this article were sourced from DIY Photography and the American Museum of Natural History.

written by chooolss on 2014-05-01 in #news #digital-special-collections #photography #lumholtz-expedition-to-mexico #julian-dimock #jesup-north-pacific-exhibition #american-museum-of-natural-history #photographic-collection #lantern-slides

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