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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sneak Peek: Newly Digitized Photos in the Collection

Every day photos are being digitized and made available online across the Smithsonian.  Anyone can find thousands of these photos in the Smithsonian Collections Search Center or on the Smithsonian’s Flickr page.  At the Smithsonian Institution Archives, our newly digitized materials reflect our focus on the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Jeannine Smith Clark and Judith Wragg Chase, by Unknown, June 5, 1986, Smithsonian Institution Archives, SIA2016-011425a.
Just recently digitized and newly available online, this photo shows Jeannine Smith Clark, a member of our Board of Regents, representing the Smithsonian Institution at a conference of the African American Museum Association. She is seen here speaking with Judith Wragg Chase, then director of the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

Smith Clark came to the Smithsonian as a volunteer and docent in 1968 and became a member of the Board of Regents.  As a Regent, she became the founding chair of the Cultural Education Committee, a multi-cultural, multi-racial committee of citizens in the Metropolitan-Washington area that solicited community support for the Smithsonian’s outreach activities. With Jeannine Smith Clark at the helm, the Cultural Education Committee was an important force for broadening outreach and diversity at the Smithsonian.

Lisa Fthenakis, Program Assistant

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