2007 METRO Project | ImageDigitizationSpecifications v1.0 | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

2007 METRO Project | ImageDigitizationSpecifications v1.0 | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

I cannot seem to stay away from the American Museum of Natural History!  And why should I stay away when there are great new shows and exhibits like Dark Universe, Mysteries of the Unseen World and The Power of Poison. Another great reason to return to the AMNH is the upcoming museum lecture; Slide Slam!

On April 28 the Library Special Collections at the American Museum of Natural History is proud to launch its wide-ranging new online database of digital images from the Library’s collections, featuring many images never before seen outside the Library.  Jennifer Cwiok, Digital Projects Manager at AMNH posted a sneak preview of the database in the January edition of The Recollective Blog.

Come celebrate this milestone as Library Director Tom Baione moderates a lively discussion with renowned New York-based artists Alexis Rockman and Mark Dion about how these images have been influential to their careers. The discussion will be illustrated with slides of the artists’ popular work, juxtaposed with the Museum images that inspired their creativity and artistic experience.
art_003_b1_27As a memento, each guest will receive a packet of historic 35mm lecture slides from the Library’s collection. In the pre-Internet era, these slides were provided to educators and researchers presentations and reference.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students.  Learn more about the lecture and purchase your tickets go to



All natural


Roy Chapman Andrews and George Olsen at nest of “the even dozen dinosaur eggs”, Third Asiatic Expedition, Mongolia, 1925 photographed by James B. Shackelford

The American Museum of Natural History is famous for its dinosaur fossils, meteorites, planetarium, and dioramas, but many treasures hide beyond the exhibition halls. Founded the same year as the Museum, the Research Library at the American Museum of Natural History has become one of the largest natural history libraries in the world, with rare volumes reaching as far back as the 15th century. The AMNH Research Library is steward to over one million black-and-white prints and negatives, color transparencies and slides. The images document scientific work worldwide in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, geology, paleontology, and zoology. The collection also documents the history of the Museum: specimens, cultural and art objects, Museum staff and scientists at work, and permanent, as well as, temporary exhibitions.

The Library’s Director Tom Baione speaking about the book “Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History.”


Rope Cypress, standing in canoe shooting bow and arrow, clouds above, The Everglades, Florida, 1910 photographed by Julian A. Dimock

Recently, the AMNH Research Library launched the beta version of its Digital Special Collections website  giving the world a glimpse into its vast archive. There are currently 6580 images online and that number is expected to double before 2015. Highlights include: the Lantern Slide Collection, originally used to illustrate lectures given to the public at the Museum and the Julian Dimock Collection with its arresting images of Seminole Indian Tribes and those who endured slavery in the turn-of-the-century American South.  Online exhibits allow librarians and scholars to present images according to context or provenance to encourage new scholarship. The featured online exhibit “Natural Histories” is a curated sampling of the images found in the book, “Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History,” with highlights from the forty essays it contains on a variety of scientific topics.

photo-2Guest blogger, Jennifer Cwiok is the Digital Projects Manager at the American Museum of Natural History. She is a librarian by trade with an affinity for digitization workflows and applications architecture. She makes her home with her wife, daughter and 2 cats in Brooklyn, where she plays drums in a rock band and visits the park regularly.