Here’s a cool way to experience the living quarters for the Apollo 11 crew. Try the guided tour function to begin with. If you have access to a 3D printer, scroll down the page for models to print. VR enthusiasts have the ability to take the pilot’s seat with either GearVR or Google Cardboard. Have fun & share your fun with the Smithsonian Institute!
The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (MSHWR) was a six-volume publication detailing medical and surgical cases undertaken by doctors during the American Civil War. The publication includes hundreds of photographs, etchings, engravings, charts, and tables providing precise medical data on those wounded on both sides of the conflict. The Civil War was instrumental in the advancement of medical knowledge due simply to the sheer number of casualties. Firstly, doctors were given the chance to study wounds in great number that had rarely been seen before. Secondly, the amount of wounded and dead forced the medical field to expand and adapt. The Civil War would lead to what would eventually become the modern ambulance system, amputation techniques that were quicker and more survivable, improvements in anesthesia, better hospital organization, the beginnings of plastic surgery, better hygiene, and the introduction of female nurses.
The MSHWR represents a positive side of America’s bloodiest military engagement and the true cost of war. To see this piece of history you can visit Government Documents on the second floor of the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library or visit the links below for full digital versions.
- Part I, Volume I
- Part I, Volume II
- Part II, Volume I
- Part II, Volume II
- Part III, Volume I
- Part III, Volume II
Post author: Shaw Gibbons
We’ll be featuring more of these unique documents as Shaw discovers them in the stacks.
February is African American History month and we thought you all might enjoy exploring some of the online exhibits, images, & audio/video offered by the African American History Month website. Teachers – note there’s a section for you too!
Come celebrate Winter Fun with us! This month our display by Rebekah Wood pulls together documents that highlight all of the different ways that we have fun (and stay safe) along with activities that we enjoy during winter.
- Winter recreation around Crested Butte : Gunnison National Forest
- Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more (Peace Corps)
- Winter activities at Voyageurs National Park
- Effects of winter recreation on wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone area : a literature review and assessment
- The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas (National Endowment for the Humanities)
- Family guide : the winter holidays : National Gallery of Art
- Christmas trees : Cottage Grove Ranger District
- Better snow and ice control using state-of-the-art technologies : an invitation to test & evaluation and winter workshops
- Merry Christmas with safety
- The most valuable gift you can give this holiday season : safe holiday travel
- Your Christmas tree : White River National Forest
- Talking about turkey : how to buy, store, thaw, stuff, and prepare your holiday bird
Here’s a fairly new (well, new to us) document that caught our interest, Privateers in Charleston, 1793-1796. This is the first in the Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology series. Go ahead, take a peek and enjoy.
Are you a Downton Abbey fan? If so, learn more about the real Dollar Princesses that inspired the character Cora Crawley of Downton Abbey fame.
- Equal Pay: A Thirty-Five Year Perspective
- Breaking Codes Breaking Barriers: The WACs of the Signal Security Agency World War II
- Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women
- Mixed-Gender Basic Training
- The Blackwell Family Carrie Chapman Catt and the National American Woman Suffrage Association
- Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women: Pursuing a True and Unfettered Democracy
- Women in the Labor Force: A Databook
- Free a Marine to Fight: Women Marines in World War II
- America’s Commitment: Federal Programs Benefiting Women and New Initiatives as follow-up to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women
- United States Women in Aviation 1940-1985
- United States Women in Aviation through World War I
- What Women Earned in 1998
- Workers and Allies: Female Participation in the American Trade Union Movement, 1824-1976
- American Women Today & Tomorrow
- Women Involved: A Report on the Bicentennial Achievements of Women
- Women in Congress 1917-2006
- Women’s History Month: March 2012 (Census)
- Office of Global Women’s Issues (State)
- Celebrating the Women of the Department of Justice
- Women’s History Month (NPS)
- Women’s History Month (Library of Congress)
Granted, this new app from the Department of State and the Smithsonian isn’t yet available in iTunes but if you are remotely interested in our oceans then you’ll want to access is via the WebApp until it’s released. Android users can begin discussing topics such as protecting our oceans, mysteries, and natural disasters.