We are some sad bears over here because the results are in, and our candidate for the ultimate Smithsonian item did not pass the first round of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Sorry, Picasso, that star-spangled banner is tough to beat!
However, the contest is far from over so we thought we’d throw our weight behind some of the contenders still in the ring.
To throw out some love to our fellow archivists, vote for the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ submission, James Smithson’s will (history bracket). Smithson, for whom the Smithsonian is named, was an Englishman who never visited the U.S. and yet nonetheless bequeathed his fortune to an “establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge” to be headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Or, if you follow us more for the Art than the Archives, vote for fellow tumblrites freersackler or hirshhorn (art bracket) - they both went three-dimensional with their entries, the Peacock Room and the Hirshhorn building. Vote now to be entered into the prize drawing for round 2, and the grand prize!
Sad bears from: Unidentified sender letter to Mimi Floch, circa 1910. Joseph Floch papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.