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How did Ella Fitzgerald's belongings make it to the Smithsonian?

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John Hasse tells us the power of a letter in the National Museum of American History acquiring Ella Fitzgerald's belongings for the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Tell us about Marian Anderson

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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, tells us about Marian Anderson's pivotal concert at the Lincoln Memorial while highlighting the outfit she wore that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

What Is Your Favorite Kind of Music?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the music he loves.

Tell Us About the Kongo Bell

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Collections Curator Bryna Freyer tells us the history of the spirit hunter with one of her favorite works in the African Art Museum Collections, the Kongo Bell.

What are the origins of stringed instruments?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the evolution of stringed instruments from the ektar to the dutar, sitar, qatar and finally to the guitar.

What Was This Hunting Horn Made For?

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Bryna Freyer, Curator of Collections at the National Museum of African Art, tells us about a late 15th century hunting horn that can be attributed to Sierra Leone; its features suggest that it was made by a Bullom or Temne artist. It was commissioned as a gift to the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez Portrait by Al Rendón

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Assistant Curator of Photographs for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Leslie Ureña shares some history about Selena Quintanilla-Pérez' background, music and style as well as her work with portrait photographer Al Rendón

Tell Us About Jimi Hendrix

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Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture tells us aboutJimi Hendrix' style musically and fashion-wise while highlighting his vest and speaker that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Do You Have Anything From the Broadway Musical "Cats"?

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Dwight Blocker Bowers, a curator with the Division of Culture & Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway Musical "Cats".

Don Loper's Dress for Ella Fitzgerald

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John Hasse tells us about the Don Loper dress Ella Fitzgerald donned in the iconic American Express ad in view in the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Tell Us About the Track Sheet From the Hit Record "Ladies First"

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Museum Specialist Timothy Burnside tells us about the track sheet for the hit record "Ladies First" by Queen Latifah and Monie Love. It is currently on display at the "Musical Crossroads" Exhibit in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Curator John Hasse "Rewirement" Speech

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On June 30, colleagues gathered to honor John Edward Hasse for his 32 years of service as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The speakers are: David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian; John L. Gray, Director of the National Museum of American History; and Rep. John Conyers, Congress's leading champion of jazz. Secretary Skorton has named Hasse "Curator Emeritus," a lifetime honor. Rep. Conyers surprised Hasse by presenting him with a tribute he inserted into the Congressional Record

Letter from Jimmy Davis about Ray Charles' "You Are My Sunshine"

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Dwan Reece, PhD, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture discusses a letter from then Governor of Louisiana, Jimmy Davis discussing his enthusiasm for Ray Charles' recording of Davis', "You Are My Sunshine"

What does music mean to you?

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Museum Specialist and music enthusiast Timothy Anne Burnside tells us what music means to her and a bit about her work at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Can You Tell Us About the Dress From the Musical "Hello, Dolly"?

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Dwight Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume from the musical "Hello, Dolly!"

David Skorton introduces Smithsonian Music

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Dr. David J. Skorton, the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, introduces Smithsonian Music.

Exploring Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson's papers with Anacostia Community Museum

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On 16 February 2017, we joined Anacostia Community Museum and Ms. Dianne Dale to learn more about Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson in a Facebook Live event. Ms. Dale connected the establishment of the Anacostia Community with support of the Freedmen's Bureau to the establishment of black education, business, and social structures. She also reinforced the significance of archival documentation to preserving the stories and history of communities that have dissipated following changing economic and social circumstances. During the talk, we saw events, correspondence, innovations, determination, and care emerge from the papers of Dr. Patterson. Note: thank you for your patience with some of the sound and image quality, as this was recorded by Facebook Live livestreaming. A community historian, writer, and stained glass artist, Ms. Dianne Dale provides illustrated lectures on the Freedmen's Bureau and HBCUs; DC and Anacostia history including the Barry Farm Freedmen's Village in SE DC. She also presents views into black education after the Civil War - including the work of her "Uncle Fred," Dr. Patterson. During #BlackHistoryMonth, the Smithsonian Transcription Center is collaborating with Anacostia Community Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to transcribe projects relating to education and theater. You can contribute to our #TCBlackHistoryMonth projects, including Dr. Patterson's papers, here: https://transcription.si.edu/black-history-month-2017

TC Sound Inserting Timestamps

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Need help figuring out when and how to insert timestamps into your audio transcription? Check out this video tutorial from the Smithsonian Transcription Center. Further instructions and information can be found online at https://transcription.si.edu/audioinstructions. Reach out to transcribe@si.edu with any questions.

Behind the Scenes with Project PHaEDRA Distributed Proofreaders

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What other organizations help make Project PHaEDRA's collections accessible? Learn more in this interview with staff from Distributed Proofreaders.

Proyecto de Tarjetas de Polen de STRI - Dr. Carlos Jaramillo

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El Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales - Centro de Arqueología y Paleoecología Tropical lo invita a ayudar a transcribir tarjetas de especímenes para la colección de polen. Proyecto de Tarjetas de Polen de STRI

Behind the Scenes with Project PHaEDRA the Harvard Smithsonian CfA Astronomical Glass Plate Photo Co

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Check out the fourth video in our series from the staff at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' Wolbach Library! This video explores how the "women computers" at the Harvard College Observatory (as it was called in the 19th and early 20th centuries) used glass plate images of the night sky to study astronomy.

James Baldwin: HangTime with Tulani Salahu-Din & NMAAHC

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Join us as we host Tulani Salahu-Din and discuss James Baldwin's collection in the Transcription Center and in exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). You'll learn more about Baldwin's work and life, how the collection was acquired, how exhibit decisions are made, and more. View or download the collection from the completed Transcription Center project here: https://transcription.si.edu/project/7660 Did you transcribe Baldwin's papers? Tweet your questions to @TranscribeSI and @NMAAHC or send your questions via e-mail to transcribe@si.edu

TC Sound Introduction

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Check out this short video on transcribing audio recordings in the Smithsonian Transcription Center. For fuller instructions and additional information, check out https://transcription.si.edu/audioinstructions. Reach out to transcribe@si.edu with any questions.
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