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The third studio portrait in the untitled self project of my family is of my beloved grandmother, Jacqueline Smith Olin. I started this project as a way to help me better understand my family’s history, as well as to create special memories and moments between my loved ones through the medium of photography. Jacqueline Smith Olin was born in Lansford Pennsylvania on November 27th, 1932. After graduating from Dickenson College in 1955, Jacqueline continued her education as one of the first 6 women at Harvard University Medical School to study biochemistry. At the time Harvard had been a men’s only institution. After graduating from Harvard University with a masters in biochemistry, Jacquline devoted her life to archaeological chemistry, working at the Smithsonian institution in the conservation analytical laboratory, which she co-founded with her husband, Charles Olin in 1962. Her studies and work have been published by Science Magazine and most recently she was awarded the Tibbetts Award, by the Great Falls Historical Society. At 86, she continues her long term research with Yale University, analyzing and deciphering a controversial map known as the “Vinland map”. She uncovered that the original recipes of the ink used in creating the map date back to the 1440’s, evidence that the controversial map is most likely an original predating Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of America.