The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has received extensive coverage in the history blogosphere. Read more below:
The National Archives (NARA) has been blogging about the Titanic:
- Read about the Titanic’s mail room and transatlantic mail service in this post from Prologue: Pieces of History.
- Watch a video of NARA staff discussing their favorite Titanic holdings on YouTube.
- The story of one Titanic survivor and her lost luggage is also from Prologue: Pieces of History.
- The National Archives at New York showcases holdings related to the Titanic on its Facebook page for “Titanic Tuesday.”
- Join the Citizen Archivist initiative and tag images related to Titanic at NARA.
The Library of Congress (LOC) featured extensive coverage of the Titanic and related collections:
- The “Picture This” blog at the Library of Congress covers the story of the Navratil boys, who survived the Titanic’s sinking though their father perished. They were later reunited with their mother thanks to news reports about them.
- The sinking of the Titanic bears eerie resemblance to a fictional sinking described in a book published in 1898. Read more and view the book at the Library of Congress Blog.
- The LOC “In the Muse: Performing Arts” blog explores sheet music related to the Titanic in this post.
The Smithsonian Institution looked at:
- The Titanic Memorial in Washington, D.C., was featured in two posts: “Sneak Peek from the Stacks” and the female sculptor who crafted the memorial on the Potomac River is the subject of this post from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
One of the newest theories about the sinking is that the cold temperatures caused a mirage effect which distorted objects in the distance. Read more at the NASA “Astronomy Picture of the Day” page entitled “Fata Morgana: A Possibly Titanic Mirage,” April 15, 2012.