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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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Other Fascinating Euphorb Genera Set 15

Join us in transcribing the Euphorbiaceae, or Spurge family, an extensive flowering family. In this group, we find plants from the genus Chamaesyce.

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

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Scurlock Studio Session Register 1911-1922

Addison Scurlock and his sons spent much of the twentieth century photographing leaders, luminaries, and local Washingtonians. From the original Scurlock Studio on U Street to the Custom Craft Studio and the Capitol School of Photography, the Scurlocks' imagery was viewed and shared by thousands of people. Help the Archives Center at the National Museum of Natural History create more understanding of their practice by transcribing these ledgers which include client numbers and names arranged in broadly alphabetic order.

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Project PHaEDRA - Equatorial Vol 6

In the early days of the Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), a small crew of astronomers watched the night skies, examining planets, hunting for comets, or just exploring the infinite. On occasion, they even had the chance to witness and study an eclipse. In this book, Observatory director George Phillips Bond and his assistants record their calculations, sketch what they can see, and sometimes quip with each other as coworkers do. Interested in early astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's astronomers and watch the eclipse from the past.

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Martin H. Moynihan - Ring-billed Gulls, Pelican Island-Doglake, Manitoba, Canada, 1954-55

Ring-billed gulls—one of the most common species in North America—often nest near the Canadian coasts. But where do these birds travel in colder weather? Track the migration of the ring-billed gulls of Canada with Martin H. Moynihan’s 1954-55 field notes. Moynihan, a biologist and ornithologist, was founding director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join in on transcribing Moynihan’s field notes!

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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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Alexander Wetmore - Field Notes, January - August 1904

In these field notes, future Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore includes more exacting details about birds he and fellow travelers studied than he had in previous years. Some of these include measurements, sex, appearance, and collector. Join us in transcribing this record of observation and specimen collecting in in south central Wisconsin and southeastern Kansas.

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North Carolina Assistant Commissioner, Letters Received, Entered in Register 1, J-R, Part 2

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 4: Letters Received. 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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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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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Mammals, 1893-1894

In 1894, information management was already a challenge for the Smithsonian's Assistant Secretary G. Brown Goode. The United States National Museum had been open to the public for 13 years and the growth in its collections and activities had not slackened. Keeping track of the curators' progress was hindered by the freeform styles of their respective reports. So a standard set of questions was set out as a template for the annual reports. Join us and other volunteers as we transcribe Frederick W. True's effort to use this template in his 1894 report.

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