If you like this photo of baby Thomas Eakins with his rolling hoop, you’ll love our Pinterest board “Little Artists.”

Thomas Eakins as a child, ca. 1850 / unidentified photographer. Lawrence and Barbara Fleischman papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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PAUL CUMMINGS: Where is the accent in your name?

SOL LeWITT: It’s the last syllable - LeWITT. [Emphasis on “Witt”]

MR. CUMMINGS: It is? People argue about that all the time.

MR. LeWITT: It’s not a very interesting argument

- Oral history interview with Sol LeWitt, 1974 July 15. LeWitt died on this day in 2007. Let’s hope by now this uninteresting argument has been put to rest.

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It’s West Coast v. East Coast in our two brand-new online finding aids today! Elmer Bischoff was a painter and arts instructor in the Bay Area, and Dore Ashton was a New York art critic and author.

Elmer Bischoff self portrait, ca. 1958. Elmer Bischoff papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Dore Ashton, 196-? / unidentified photographer. Dore Ashton papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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This sketchbook of Harrison Cady’s is worth [virtually] flipping through - keep an eye out for the illustration of the “baby contest,” which, as best we can tell, appears to be a human version of the Puppy Bowl. Cady was a painter and children’s book illustrator in Massachusetts.

Harrison Cady sketchbook, ca. 1943. Harrison Cady papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Restitution, many years later…

Dr. Greg Bradsher tells the story of a retired optometrist who picked up two 16th century books as an American soldier from a mine in Germany. After contacting Dr. Bradsher at NARA, the optometrist had the chance to return the books to the German libraries where they originated. #truestory

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/07/AR2009100701165.html

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The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art

Maygene Daniels of the National Gallery tells the story of the Monuments Men as evidenced in the archives of the National Gallery.

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Why did the Archives of American Art collect the papers of so many Monuments Men?

Barbara Aikens, our Head of Processing, explains that most of our MM materials were acquired because of the later careers at prominent art institutions that many of these men and women went on to hold after their service in WWII.

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Did you know…

That back in the day, the states all printed their own money? In Ching-Hsien Wang’s talk on smithsoniantranscriptioncenter, she is showing some interesting examples of the numismatic collections of the National Museum of American History, available for transcription.

http://transcription.si.edu/browse?filter=owner:National%20Museum%20of%20American%20History
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The numbers do not lie! NARA’s Meredith Stewart shows how crowdsourcing and social media sites have broadened access to NARA content.

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Library of Congress says thanks to the crowd

An entire flickr set dedicated to the most detailed comments LC has gotten from their flickr community members.

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