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Alexander Wetmore- Field Notes, April-June 1903

What were you most passionate about when you were a teenager? Is it something that you enjoy just as much now? In 1903, when future Secretary of the Smithsonian Alexander Wetmore was just 17, his passion was the same as it was in his adulthood—birds. Wetmore, an ornithologist and curator, kept this set of handwritten notes as a young man, tracking the migration patterns and activity of birds in his native Wisconsin. Wetmore would go on to research birds for the rest of his long and vibrant scientific career. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, help our digital volunteers transcribe Wetmore’s migration observations!

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Alexander Wetmore- Field Notes, August 1902-April 1903

When future Secretary of the Smithsonian Alexander Wetmore was a teenager, his interests weren’t just flights of fancy. They laid the groundwork for his long and successful scientific career as an ornithologist and curator. Wetmore began studying birds at a young age, and continued through his adulthood with the Smithsonian! He recorded this set of field notes when he was just 16—many years later, Wetmore would continue his ornithological field observations. Join us in transcribing this set of field notes and make a young Wetmore’s scientific exploration available for generations of new researchers!

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Bohumil Shimek -- Field Notes and Diary, Audubon and Shelby counties, Iowa, 1912-13

Audobon, Iowa was established in 1878 and was named after a scientist of world-renown, both then and today—ornithologist John James Audubon. Decades later, Audobon would become a center of ornithology research for another naturalist, Bohumil Shimek. Shimek, a native Iowan who went on to study and teach at the University of Iowa, conducted field work in Audobon and Shelby counties in 1912-13. Explore Shimek’s field notes—and the birds of Audobon—and help transcribe them for future generations of naturalists!

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Bohumil Shimek -- Field Notes, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Missouri, 1910, Vol. 2

Shimek State Forest is one of the largest remaining contiguous forests in Iowa—stretching across 1,000 acres. It is named after one of the state’s most notable naturalists, Dr. Bohumil Shimek. Shimek, a Czech-American naturalist and conservationist, spent decades conducting field work in his home state, as well as teaching at the University of Iowa. This set of field notes records Shimek’s work in Iowa and South Dakota in 1910. Join other digital volunteers in helping transcribe this piece of American conservation history!

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Charles Francis Hall Journal with Navigational Notes 1861

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an arctic explorer? Wonder no more and join explorer Charles Francis Hall on his 1860 journey to the north, exploring western Greenland.

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E. Knight Arithmetic Manuscript

Diligently solving arithmetic questions from cover to cover, E. Knight’s flourished initials and neat penmanship make beautiful even the calculation of compound interest in this 18th century manuscript. Brimming with descriptions of the basic principles and rules of arithmetic copied from various sources, including the popular Cocker’s Decimal Arithmetick, this manuscript is one of a pair.

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Friedrich "Fritz" Rumpf Notebooks - Set 1

Friedrich Karl Georg Rumpf (1888-1949) German illustrator and ethnographer, and son of German artist Fritz Rumpf. The younger Fritz Rumpf was living in Japan at the outbreak of war and likely composed parts of at least one of the following notebooks while living as a prisoner of war. PLEASE NOTE: The notebooks will be a special challenge as they contain multiple notes in German and Japanese, and drawings in pencil, ink and wash made during his travels and research in Japan.

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Friedrich "Fritz" Rumpf Notebooks - Set 2

Friedrich Karl Georg Rumpf (1888-1949) German illustrator and ethnographer, and son of German artist Fritz Rumpf. The younger Fritz Rumpf was living in Japan at the outbreak of war and likely composed parts of at least one of the following notebooks while living as a prisoner of war. PLEASE NOTE: The notebooks will be a special challenge as they contain multiple notes in German and Japanese, and drawings in pencil, ink and wash made during his travels and research in Japan.

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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 197-212, 1890-1895

Have you ever heard of Dyar's Law? The now-standard biological rule measures the development of moths and butterflies and is named after National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Before there could be Dyar's Law, however, there first had to be Dyar's field work! This set of notes details Dyar's work in 1890-95 through New York, and includes specimen numbers, dates, and other collecting observations. Explore the beginnings of Dyar's Law and help other volunteers transcribe this important scientific text.

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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 213-270, 1890-1896

What do Dixa dyari, Euleucophaeus dyari, and 70 other insect species have in common? Their scientific names all pay tribute to the same scientist--National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Dyar devoted his life to taxonomy, and classified thousands of new species of butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes, in his lifetime. This field book documents his research from 1890-96 in New York and California. Learn more about Dyar's groundbreaking research and help transcribe his field notes!

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