NMAI collections search


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My short Powerpoint showing how to find and use images from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian for school reports.

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NMAI collections search

  1. 1. The National Museum of the American Indian Online searching for items at © Neeta Lind, 10/4/04 © Yo Hibino 10/05/05
  2. 2. <ul><li>The National Museum </li></ul><ul><li>of the American Indian? </li></ul>Smithsonian Institution In Washington, DC In New York, NY “… committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native culture of the Western Hemisphere, past, present, and future, through partnerships with Native people and others.” - NMAI Mission Statement Online at http://www.nmai.si.edu
  3. 3. What do they have? Ethnographic items Photographs Archeological items Art (Modern and Contemporary) High Bear, Sioux portrait (P27309) Another Feather from Moon’s Nest by Jim Schoppert (25/4629) All images courtesy of The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution Culbreath point (7725) Chippewa shoulder bag (1/1125) <ul><li>Dug up </li></ul><ul><li>Found </li></ul><ul><li>Given </li></ul><ul><li>Taken </li></ul><ul><li>Bought </li></ul>(590,000 records – the largest collection in the world !)
  4. 4. Online Searching at http://www.nmai.si.edu/searchcollections <ul><li>Search items by </li></ul><ul><li>Peoples/Cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Artists/Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Places </li></ul><ul><li>Object Specifics </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced </li></ul>
  5. 5. Peoples/Culture Search <ul><li>Step 1: </li></ul><ul><li>choose collection category </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Select culture </li></ul><ul><li>By map </li></ul><ul><li>By drop-down menu </li></ul><ul><li>Just type in the name </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: click </li></ul>
  6. 6. Results lists (Chippewa/Ojibwa search) <ul><li>Each short record shows: </li></ul><ul><li>Small image </li></ul><ul><li>Object description </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Place of origin </li></ul><ul><li>Accession # </li></ul># of items Next page
  7. 7. Items: Records
  8. 8. Items: Images Click to enlarge Different photographs of same object (and of its accession card) Measuring tool (cm)
  9. 9. Saving URLs (& hyperlinking) <ul><li>To get back to this page quickly, you can simply copy the URL {CTRL C} </li></ul>… and paste it into a file or hyperlink {CTRL V} <ul><li>Why do this instead of downloading the image? </li></ul><ul><li>Both image and its record </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t take up memory on your server </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright ethics (when not using for educational setting) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Using item images in school reports <ul><li>Copyright/Fair Use: no charge “for a school paper or project where only a single copy will be produced” </li></ul><ul><li>Citing/crediting: With the </li></ul><ul><li>image, you should include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture/People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Object name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Courtesy, National Museum of the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Indian, Smithsonian Institution” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the catalog number in brackets </li></ul></ul>Tlingit Oystercatcher rattle. Courtesy, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution [2875] example:
  11. 11. How to copy an image On a PC computer On a Mac computer Copy & Paste <ul><li>Right click on the image </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Copy” from menu </li></ul><ul><li>Open document </li></ul><ul><li>Place your cursor where you want the image </li></ul><ul><li>Paste with CTRL+V </li></ul><ul><li>Hold down CONTROL while clicking on image </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Copy image” from menu </li></ul><ul><li>Open document </li></ul><ul><li>Place your cursor where you want the image </li></ul><ul><li>Paste with OPEN APPLE+V </li></ul>Download for later upload <ul><li>Right click on the image </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Save As” from menu </li></ul><ul><li>Select a type (.jpg or .gif are standard) </li></ul><ul><li>Name the file something unique </li></ul><ul><li>Hold down CONTROL while clicking on an image </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Save image as…” from menu </li></ul><ul><li>Name the file something unique </li></ul>
  12. 12. Searching… beyond Peoples/Cultures search <ul><li>Artists/Individuals - if you already know a specific artist or organization </li></ul><ul><li>Places </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type site name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pull-down menus </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. More search options… <ul><li>Object Specifics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t work for photographs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From pull-down menus: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Type of item </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technique </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Material </li></ul></ul></ul>Limits your search. Use this when you already have an idea of what might be in the collection.
  14. 14. Advanced Search <ul><li>Combine ways to search </li></ul><ul><li>Additional searching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Object specifics for photographs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by Catalog Number </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Questions? More information can be found on the museum’s search site at http://www.nmai.si.edu/searchcollections