Designing with Archival Images (Carnegie Library, Pt. 1)

Heads up! This event is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Sign up for this session and then be sure to stick around for Workshop: DesignLab with Rachel Orr (Carnegie Library, Pt. 2)!

Did you know there is a treasure trove of historical artifacts inside Carnegie Library? We’re talking diary entries, vintage ads, political posters and even the odd love letter. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is home to a vast collection of artifacts and materials from our city’s history.

This workshop will orient local graphic artists and other creatives to the resources of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and demonstrate how the DC History Center is home to a vast collection of historic materials, now digitally available for use in your next artistic project!

Historical Society Librarians Anne McDonough and Jessica Smith will lead a presentation and discussion on the use of various aspects of collections to inspire creative work. Discussion will include learning about artists’ needs as well as addressing digital assets request procedures, credit guidelines, copyright resources, and more.

But wait, there’s more! Participants will become registered library patrons, have hands-on exposure to a selection of original artifacts, and following the workshop, will receive their choice of a set of royalty-free digital assets for use in creative works ($125 value).

PS. Immediately following this event, join Rachel Orr in a hands-on workshop in the main atrium at Apple (downstairs), where she will be leading a live-collaging demonstration using artifacts from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Please refrain from bringing any food or beverages to this event – sorry, no snacks in the library!

About DC Design Week

Built by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of this community, hosted by AIGA DC. AIGA Member On-Sale begins 9/5 at 10:00am and the General Public On-Sale begins 9/10 at 10:00am. 100% of the proceeds from DCDW events go toward future AIGA DC programming and the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education.

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Anne McDonough, 
Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Anne McDonough is the Library & Collections Director at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., where she has served in various capacities since 2012. Following a career as a travel writer and photographer, she received her Masters in Library Science with a focus in archives from the University of Maryland (2009). Anne also serves as co-chair of the DC Alliance for Response, which brings together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level to make sure that repositories can best prepare for emergencies.


Jessica Smith, Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Jessica Smith is the Research Services Librarian at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology from Indiana University (2014) and The George Washington University (2016), respectively. Jessica focuses on library reference services and programming that explore the intersection of special collections, digital humanities, and public engagement.

When & Where
Sun, Sep 22, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Kiplinger Research Library inside Carnegie Library
801 K Street Northwest
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20001