We in the archival profession go all out for Archives Month in October, but we acknowledge that as the month comes to a close, the greater populace is maybe more concerned with costumes, bags of fun size candies, and how best to carve a pumpkin without cutting off a finger. So why not bring together the best of both worlds? Here are some of our spookiest finds from the Archives of American Art.
1. Joseph Cornell: assemblage artist, sculptor, filmmaker, and...werewolf?
|Marilyn and Pat letter to Joseph Cornell, between 1940 and 1970. Joseph Cornell papers, 1804-1986, bulk 1939-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.|
2. Robert Slytherin, er, I mean Smithson
|Artifact from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers, 1905-1987, bulk 1952-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.|
3. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ghost
|Double-exposed portrait of Jan Matulka, ca. 1920 / unidentified
Jan Matulka papers, 1923-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
I hope these finds chilled you to the bone even more than a prolonged visit to cold storage. Happy Archives Month, and happy Halloween!!
Bettina Smith, Digital Projects Librarian
Archives of American Art
For more Halloween fun from the Archives, see a related post on the Archives of American Art blog today:
Halloween Costume Guide: Archives Style (Last-Minute Edition)