We may have just missed #MuseumCats day, but you might still enjoy some stories of historicÂ felines in our holdings. We recently received feedback on our archives.gov website surveyÂ asking for historical photos of cats in the National Archives. I am am was reminded of the fact that whenÂ Robert Connor, the First Archivist, was assessing the records situation in Washington, he cameÂ across the records in one “depository crowded with archives of the Government the mostÂ prominent object to one entering the room was the skull of a dead cat protruding from under aÂ pile of valuable records.” (From an editorial entitled, “Our National Archives”, The Nation,Â February 1931.)
While we obviously donât want actual cats roaming our stacks, we consulted our online catalogÂ and found this selection of photogenic archival felines:
Last but not least, you wonât find this picture in our holdings, but do you recognize the young man in this historical cat photo?