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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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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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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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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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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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At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women studied over 130 years of the night sky, all preserved on glass plate photographs. Women computers catalogued stars, identified variables, interpreted stellar spectra, counted galaxies, and measured distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest. To learn more about the impact of the women computers, listen to an interview with Dava Sobel about her recently released book "Glass Universe" describing their legacy.
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Martin H. Moynihan—Field notes, Cebus capucinus (White-throated capuchin), Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1958-1961, 1966
Did you know that the Smithsonian has research centers across the globe—including one on an island in Panama? Barro Colorado Island was established as a research laboratory in 1923. Now, many years later, it’s known as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute! The scientist responsible for much of STRI’s development was animal behaviorist Martin H. Moynihan, who took these field notes on the Island throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. Moynihan took detailed bird observations on the island during his tenure as STRI’s Director and Senior Scientist. Join other volunteers in transcribing Moynihan’s field notes and experience a first-hand account of his work with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
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The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen's Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, Series 2: Endorsements Sent. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in North Carolina during the Reconstruction Era. Have questions about how to transcribe tables in these documents? View special directions here.
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Since the Smithsonian’s earliest days, one issue has always been at the forefront of the Board of Regents’ minds—too many incredible collection items, and not enough space! This struggle with “deficiencies of space and services in support of the Institution’s growing collections,” was at the forefront of the Smithsonian’s strategic planning initiative in 1973. The Smithsonian held a conference for its directors and administrators to tackle that issue—among other broader agenda items—in the coming decade. Take a look at the Smithsonian’s look toward the future in this set of Board of Regents Meeting minutes from May 1973. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing this peek into Smithsonian history!
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The Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the U.S. exclusively about both historic and contemporary design. That design-focus extends to the museum’s building, the historic Carnegie Mansion, which re-opened to the public in 1976. The road to the re-open took quite some time, however, as documented in this set of Board of Regents minutes from September 1973. A few years before the museum’s opening, the Board was focused on the renovation process and all the details that came along with it. Learn how the Cooper-Hewitt as we know it today came to be and help transcribe this report!