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Have you ever seen a bobcat up close, close enough to touch? Did it live to tell the tale? During his time as chief field naturalist for the Bureau of Biological Survey, Vernon Bailey (1864-1942) contributed over 13,000 specimens to the Biological Survey, curated specimens collected by fellow field agents and also designed two types of traps that left the animals and birds caught for examination unhurt. "The Mammals and Life Zones of Oregon" is one of his outstanding publications. Please help us transcribe one of the field log books Bailey kept of his work in Oregon to make it more accessible to fellow researchers and scholars.
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Fourteen year old Robert Ridgway saw a bird near his home that he couldn't identify. His desire to know was so strong that he wrote to the commissioner of patents, who, knowing little about birds, passed on this boy's letter and drawing to ornithological authority Spencer Baird. Professor Baird wrote back that the bird was a Purple Finch thus beginning a regular correspondence between young Ridgway and the second Secretary of the Smithsonian. Years later, Ridgway joined the Smithsonian and made international contributions in the areas of systematic nomenclature and color studies. Please help us transcribe the notations on these bird head drawings from his personal papers using the special instructions under READ MORE.
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A century ago, ornithologist Robert Ridgway and others looked for a systematic way to organize all the new bird species being identified in North America, working to create a better system for naming new bird species and defining color standards to describe them. Ridgway's drawings are part of his pioneering work in that effort. His color studies and systematic approach for naming species has influenced zoology both in North America and internationally. Help us transcribe this box of drawings using the special instructions under READ MORE.
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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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This second volume of H. A. Allard's field book list of collected specimens includes numbers 1711-3420 collected in the course of his work in Virginia, and West Virginia from 1936-1937. His dated specimen entries include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. Many of the specimens were collected in the Bull Run Mountains, an area in Virginia's northern piedmont which is home to several forest and woodland community types, some of them rare botanical communities. Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.
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Not all bamboo is alike. In the second half of the 20th century, new genera and species of the grass subfamily Bambusoideae were being described as a result of explorations in Central and South America. Among the most prolific researchers collecting and describing new species of bamboo were Cleofé E. Calderon (1929-2007) and her colleague Thomas R. Soderstrom (1936-1987). All of their research was conducted with the National Museum of Natural History, and their collaboration produced scores of papers in botanical journals. This field book contains a list of botanical specimens, mainly bamboo, collected by Dr. Calderon from 26 April to 13 May 1972 in Brazil with notes from Panama the previous year. Help us transcribe these field notes documenting taxonomic names of specimens, soil samples, temperatures, and photo records and learn more about her work in the Brazilian fall of 1972.
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These are the diaries of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove. Arthur Garfield Dove was an early twentieth-century painter, collagist, and illustrator who was one of the first American artists to embrace abstraction in art. He was a part of Alfred Stieglitz's Circle of modern American artists introduced at Stieglitz's 291 Gallery along with John Marin and Georgia O'Keeffe. Dove spent his career developing his own idiosyncratic style of formal abstraction in painting based on his ideas about nature, feeling, and pure form, and characterized by experimentation with color, composition, and materials. Around 1920, Dove met an artist named Helen S. Torr, also known as Reds. She was a Philadelphia-born painter who had studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Torr and Dove eventually left their unhappy first marriages and began a life together, moving to a houseboat docked in Manhattan. In 1922, they moved to Halesite, Long Island, New York, where Dove's artwork once again flourished. By the mid-1920s, he was exhibiting regularly, paralleled by the rise of Stieglitz's new Intimate Gallery in 1925. His work continued to explore abstraction and organic forms, and, in addition to paintings, he produced assemblages made of found materials. Learn more about their life and work in the finding aid for the Arthur and Helen Torr Dove papers. Help us make these handwritten diaries more legible and searchable.
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Edward Howard established his Business, E. Howard Clock Company, as the premier American watch and clock producer during the last half of the 19th century. Help us to transcribe Howard’s business ledgers on his tower clock sales.
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Butterflies live on almost every continent. Less widely known than bees as pollinating insects, butterflies are admittedly less valuable than bees when it comes to commercial agriculture. However, butterflies and moths are very sensitive to changes in the environment. Because of this, they are valuable early indicators of ecosystem changes. At the turn of the 20th century, Harrison G. Dyar's study of lepidoptera larvae revealed that their growth followed a predictable geometric progression. Changes in this progression point to potentially significant changes in the environment. Help us transcribe this volume of Dyar's collecting notes and observations to make this firsthand knowledge more accessible to scholars and researchers. Also, if you are also interested in bees, you may want to explore the Bumblebees transcription projects.
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Do you like a real challenge? Are you interested in insects or an amateur entomologist? Benjamin Dann Walsh, the first state entomologist of Illinois, penned a two-volume set of field notes entitled “Journal of Facts in Natural History” recording his field activity in the Rock Island, Illinois area of the Mississippi River from 1867 to 1869. Digital volunteers have already transcribed his first volume. Try your hand at transcribing this second volume of Walsh’s detailed notes of insects in this region and help us expand our understanding of Mississippi River biodiversity during the Civil War.