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William Duncan Strong, 1933

William Duncan Strong
or Indiana Jones?





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Duncan Strong's Field Journal

from his archaeological excavations in Honduras in 1933 is featured in a new online exhibit by Tom Cuddy, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology. The NAA has also produced an online version of the Register to the Papers of William Duncan Strong by Robert Lynn Montgomery.

Digital Imaging for Museums

a new graduate-level course offered by George Washington University's Museum Studies Program, is being taught by Robert Leopold, who manages the NAA's digital imaging program. Topics included in the six-week course include: planning a digital imaging program; selecting hardware and software; imaging standards and quality control; metadata and asset management; safeguarding and preserving digital assets; and intellectual and cultural property on the Web.

Finding Aids Online this Month

Council for Museum Anthropology Website

is now hosted by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. The site features a Directory of Museum Training for Students of Anthropology and a list of Anthropology Museums on the Web. The Council for Museum Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association, publishes the journal Museum Anthropology.

Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records (CoPAR)

has produced a Guide to Preserving Anthropological Records to assist anthropologists, librarians, archivists and information specialists preserve and provide access to the records of human diversity and the history of the discipline. Topics include "Finding a Home for Your Records" (by Lynne M. Schmelz)  "Ethical Use of Anthropological Records" (Catherine S. Fowler and Steven J. Crum) and "Locating Archival Quality Materials" (Mary Elizabeth Ruwell).

News from the Digital Imaging Lab

Will Greene has joined the NAA's digital imaging program, the last of three positions funded by the Smithsonian Institution Imaging Fund. Will is currently digitizing photographs of Oceania in the Division of Ethnology Collection, U.S. National Museum (Photo Lot 97). To date, the NAA imaging lab has digitized 13,592 items from 258 collections.

New Collections

The National Anthropological Archives recently acquired an additional collection of research materials created by anthropologist Laura Thompson (1905-2000). A pioneer of applied anthropology, Thompson carried out fieldwork in Fiji, Guam, Nazi Germany and Iceland. The collection contains many rich materials, including unpublished manuscripts, field diaries, professional and personal correspondence, and photographs. NAA intern Joy Rohde is currently preparing a new finding aid to Thompson's papers.

The NAA actively acquires ethnographic collections. A list of recent acquisitions (1997-99) and a Guide to the Collections are available online.

The Web Pages Formerly Known as "What's New"

Publication date: June 2000

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