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A Cornucopia of Alchornea

Alchornea (Euphorbiaceae) has many uses. According to Wikipedia, for centuries the indigenous peoples of the Amazon have used the bark and leaves of iporuru (Alchornea castaneifolia) for many different purposes and prepared it in many different ways. The Alchornea castaneifolia plant commonly is used with other plants during shamanistic training and, sometimes is an ingredient in ayahuasca (a hallucinogenic, multi-herb decoction used by South American shamans).

Please contact Sylvia Orli, Department of Botany, or tweet us at @sylviaorli @TranscribeSI for any questions or comments about the transcriptions.

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A Ponderance of Aporosa

Like many plants in the Euphorbiaceae, Aporosa can be used for medicinal purposes.

Please contact Sylvia Orli, Department of Botany, or tweet us at @sylviaorli @TranscribeSI for any questions or comments about the transcriptions.

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A Woodland Circuit, Florence M. Bailey

This undated manuscript is just one of amateur ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey's extensive body of work. At the forefront of a movement to change the ways in which birds were seen by society and studied by naturalists, she authored ten books and nearly 100 articles of her ornithological work. Put off by the use of feathers and whole birds in fashion, she started her first Audubon Society while at college. She devoted her life to the study and protection of birds, advocating forcefully for a change to study by observation in the field first rather than begin on a laboratory bench. Please help us transcribe the work of this persuasive naturalist and pioneer.

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An Assortment of Euphorbiaceae

In this set, we have a number of different genera of Euphorbiaceae, all different and yet all very much the same in certain features.

Please contact Sylvia Orli, Department of Botany, or tweet us at @sylviaorli @TranscribeSI for any questions or comments about the transcriptions.

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Bailey - Field notes, Texas and New Mexico, June 6-September 27, 1902

Chief field naturalist Vernon Bailey is back in Texas and New Mexico in the summer of 1902, capturing the details of his collecting efforts for the United States Bureau of Biological Survey in this field notebook. It includes a variety of lists – some of scientific names of specimens observed and gathered, another one of places in Texas. Team up with other digital volunteers to transcribe this notebook and you may find Bailey’s entry about spotting the “Passer domesticus.”

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Bailey - Field notes, Texas and New Mexico, May 2-October 1, 1901

How long do you think it takes to thoroughly study an ecosystem? In the summer and early fall of 1900, Vernon Bailey had ranged between westernmost Texas and northern California studying and collecting plant and animal specimens for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey. Now, a year later, he returns to his field study of biodiversity in Texas and New Mexico. This field notebook contains his notes during this time, including a list of scientific names of bird specimens collected, a plant catalog of specimens no. 320 - 465 and travel itinerary information. Join digital volunteers to help us transcribe these notes, making them more accessible and useful to today's biodiversity researchers.

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Boethius' De institutione arithmetica

Smithsonian Libraries' 15th century edition of Boethius' De institutione arithmetica is a beautiful copy in Latin complete with diagrams, tables, illustrated lettering, and rubrication. Boethius was a 6th century Roman philosopher who wrote one of the most important texts of the time Consolation of Philosophy. Check this list of resources for help with transcribing the abbreviations and punctuation - and e-mail us to update the list of frequently used abbreviations.

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Bohumil Shimek - Diary, European trip, 1914 (1 of 2)

** If you can read Czech, we need you! Help us and other digital volunteers to finish transcribing Shimek's first volume of notes from his trip to Europe on the eve of World War I. ** Practicing a new language on your first trip to Europe? Surveyor-turned-naturalist Bohumil Shimek was working on Czech when he traveled from Iowa to Prague as an exchange professor of botany in 1914. Just before open hostilities broke out in what became known as the Great War or World War I. A son of Czech immigrants, Shimek came to be well known for his contributions to the field of botany in North America - over 205,000 plant specimens. Take note, he writes in English and Czech! English speakers may want to start here, a few pages in. You also might enjoy this blog post about his trip.

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Book no. 1, H.A. Allard, field collection specimen no. 1-1710

The first volume of a list of Allard's collected specimens includes numbers 1-1710 collected in the course of his work in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia from 1930-1936. The specimen entries are dated and include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. A newspaper clipping was found in the book dated Sunday, September 29, 1946 from The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C. entitled "Harry A. Allard, 66, to retire; co-discovered botanical law". Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.

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Certified Proofs of Kansas Box 6

From Burlingame and beyond, currency was issued from the national banks of Kansas after certification by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These proofs allowed the BEP to ensure accuracy in intaglio printing plates before currency was printed. Learn how to transcribe this project here. Together, we'll create records for each proof sheet and expand the rich data in our collections.