Smithsonian Voices

The Smithsonian Institution has hundreds of scholars, researchers and curators, each with an amazing story to tell about their work, their quests and their passions. Here is a sampling of the unique voices that make up the chorus of ideas at the Institution.

Artist’s rendition of Ingenuity flying on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
During World War I, Black soldiers served in segregated units. (Scurlock Studio Records, NMAH Archives Center)
Portrait of Frances E.W. Harper (detail), Frontispiece, Poems, 1900. (Smithsonian Libraries and Archives)
Theodore Roosevelt scholar and historian Clay Jenkinson tells the story of Roosevelt’s beloved west and the national park that bears his name in a Smithsonian Associates Streaming program on March 4. (National Park Service)
The parasitoid samurai wasp, Trissolcus japonicus, is one of many microscopic wasps being studied and sometimes used as biocontrol agents in the fight against invasive species. (Elijah Talamas, USDA)
James Miller has used his personal passion for wildlife to draft other youth to the cause.
Album cover, Sound, 1966; Designed by Laini Abernathy (American) for Delmark Records (Chicago, Illinois); Lithograph on folder paper; 31.8 × 31.8 cm (12 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.); Gift of Caitlin Condell
Many contemporaries argued that Black men had more than earned the right to vote through their military service in the Civil War. (NMAH)
This fossilized dinosaur head and vertebrae were discovered in 1883 but only recently gained its name, Smitanosaurus agilis. (Smithsonian)
Maggie Lena Walker (Scurlock Studio Records, NMAH Archives Center).