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October is Archives Month

Citation: Rockwell Kent and others dressed for a costume party, ca. 1930 / unidentified photographer. Rockwell Kent papers, Archives of Amer...

Citation: Playboy Artists' Greenwich Village Halloween party, not after 1927 Oct. 29. Mary Fanton Roberts papers, Archives of American Art, ...

Citation: Girl at spinning wheel, ca. 1879 / unidentified photographer. John Frederick Peto and Peto family papers, Archives of American Art...

Citation: Gladys Wiles, ca. 1910 / unidentified photographer. Richard Field Maynard papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institutio...

Jacqueline Kennedy writing to Fosburgh discussing paintings, (several of famous Americans) to purchase or donate, presumably to hang in the White House. Citation: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Hyannis Port, Mass. letter to James Whitney Fosburgh, 1961 Oct. 22. James Whitney Fosburgh papers, Arc...

Citation: Juliana Force, ca. 1946 / Eliot Elisofon, photographer. Forbes Watson papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Citation: Commemoration of first anniversary of death of Emile Zola, 1903 / Valerian Gribayedoff, photographer. Charles Scribner's Sons Art ...

Citation: Mary Cassatt, 1914 / unidentified photographer. Frederick A. Sweet research material on Mary Cassatt and James A. McNeill Whistler...

Citation: Jackson Pollock in undershirt sitting outside, ca. 1928 / unidentified photographer. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, Archi...

Rose - Setigera, climbing a trellis in this glass lantern slide of an unidentified garden in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA, c. 1930. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013

Climbing Caroline Testout roses at an unidentified garden/house, c. 1930. In their ability to climb and enhance the appearance of built structures, roses were the perfect plant to bridge McFarland's interests in gardening and cleaning up cities. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013

On Halloween especially, we tend to think of cemeteries as spooky places. But in the nineteenth century, large garden cemeteries, such as Swan Point (1846) in Providence, Rhode Island depicted in this image c. 1930, were pleasant places more akin to the urban parks that would soon follow. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection #ArchivesMonth2013 #TrueStory

Trick or Treat? Hershey's is known for making some of the chocolate treats many of us are fond of on Halloween. But did you know the company's founder, Milton Hershey, also created a rose garden in the town that bares his name? A "treat" for the eye and nose, the Hershey Rose Garden, depicted in this glass lantern slide, was completed in 1937. Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, J. Horace McFarland Collection. #ArchivesMonth2013 #TrueStory

Arp 147 contains a spiral galaxy (right) that collided with an elliptical galaxy (left), triggering a wave of star formation. Many of these newly-born massive stars raced through their lives and ended with supernova explosions, some as black holes. A ring of these black holes can be seen in the Chandra data (pink) around the spiral galaxy.

Citation: Stencil for carving wood frame used by Foster Brothers Picture Frames, 193-?. Foster Brothers records, Archives of American Art, S...

Citation: Maria Oakey Dewing reading, between 1875 and 1885? / Fratelli Vianelli (Firm), photographer. Thomas Wilmer Dewing and Dewing famil...

Citation: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, ca. 1933 / unidentified photographer. Albert Kahn papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Inst...

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Citation: John Sloan and his Art Students League class, ca. 1925 / unidentified photographer. Art Students League records, Archives of Ameri...

Invitation to the 1927 Mardi Gras Carnival put on by the Society of American Illustrators in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Roosevelt. Citation: Carnival Mardi Gras 1927, 1927 Mar. 18. Mary Fanton Roberts papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.