Browse Projects

Prevnext

100% Complete

4 Total Pages 3 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1881

What substances are especially useful as ingredients in medicine? What effect will these "materia medica" have? In 1881, as the United States's first National Museum was in its infancy, its various departments were focused on building authoritative collections that would be useful in building and expanding knowledge. The Museum's curators summarized their departments' work in annual reports. Sometimes they reported more frequently. The Department of Materia Medica's 1881 report is the first in a collection of over 80 years of curators annual reports. Please help us transcribe this first in an extended series of narrative reports and make this popular research collection even more accessible.

Go

100% Complete

24 Total Pages 9 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1882

The first United States National Museum opened its doors in 1881. The Civil War had ended fifteen years earlier. The Section of Materia Medica was building an authoritative collection of remedial substances used in the practice of medicine. This Section's curators summarized work in annual, and sometimes monthly, reports. These, together with the annual reports from the other Museum departments, divisions and sections were digested to produce an executive Smithsonian Annual Report. Unlike the brevity required in the senior-level Smithsonian Institution Annual Report, the curators' reports offer a more detailed view into the workings of the museum. Please help us transcribe this second in an extended series of narrative reports and make this popular research collection even more accessible.

Go

100% Complete

27 Total Pages 12 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1883

Looking to establish a comprehensive collection of pharmacopoeia? Would you focus on what was native to your local region or include materials from further afield? In 1883, curator J. M. Flint continued his work of building the United States National Museum's Materia Medica collection, including barks from India and oils from Ceylon. This USNM effort was already grabbing the attention of individuals such as the Surgeon General of the Navy, for whom Flint wrote the report at the beginning of this third set of historically valuable reports. Please join us and our digital volunteers in transcribing this material. You can also see Materia Medica Section reports for 1881 and 1882.

Go

100% Complete

48 Total Pages 28 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1885 - 1886

What goes into designing a museum exhibit? Presenting information can be done so many different ways, some very engaging, others not so much. Help us to transcribe this 1885-1886 annual report and learn more about the approach the staff of the National Museum's Materia Medica Section went about tackling this challenge. To see the section's reports from other years, see READ MORE.

Go

100% Complete

104 Total Pages 25 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1886-1887

Since the opening of the United States National Museum in 1881, the Materia Medica Section had dutifully submitted reports of its activity, sometimes as frequently as monthly. In the Summer of 1887, we find an extensive annual report of the previous year's activity together with interim reports. Please join us in transcribing this material and learn more about the role these curators and their collections played in the work of acquiring and disseminating knowledge. For other USNM Curators Annual Reports, see READ MORE below.

Go

100% Complete

9 Total Pages 5 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1887-1888

Unlike the previous year, the responsibility for the Materia Medica Section's annual report this time fell to James M. Flint, a doctor in the United States Navy and honorary curator. You will find it much shorter than the previous year's report, perhaps because the Section was without a head curator for over five months. Join other volunteers and discover what transpired in the fiscal year of 1887-1888. For other USNM Curators Annual Reports projects, see READ MORE below.

Go

100% Complete

16 Total Pages 10 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, 1889-1890

Today, it is easy to take typescript for granted. However, can you image what a relief it must have been for Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Smithsonian Secretary and Director of the National Museum. Baird had a voluminous correspondence with authorities across the United States and abroad as he worked to develop the national collection. This annual report from the Materia Medica Section was typed. A hint of things to come. Please join us in transcribing this curatorial annual report.

Go

100% Complete

9 Total Pages 8 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Materia Medica, January - June 1885

Spring is, to some, a time to re-energize, re-focus and tackle some projects. For the staff of the Materia Medica Section of the United States National Museum, their monthly reports give some insight on how they approached the numerous tasks for which they were responsible in the Spring of 1885. In the midst of this, the section also worked on "physiological experiments" of the impact of different substances. Join us in transcribing these reports and discover what was happening behind the scenes in that Spring in this section of the U.S. National Museum. For a list of other USNM Curators Annual Reports projects, READ MORE.

Go

100% Complete

3 Total Pages 3 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Physical Apparatus, 1890 - 1891

Have you ever had to organize what someone else has left behind? In 1846, physicist Joseph Henry was appointed as the founding Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Guiding the Institution through its initial decades, he also continued to conduct and promote scientific research, acquiring a sizable amount of physical apparatus for use in studies of electricity and sound. Join other volunteers in transcribing this first report of the National Museum's curator of physical apparatus to see how he tackled this challenge and others as well.

Go

100% Complete

3 Total Pages 3 Contributing Members

USNM Curators Annual Reports - Physical Apparatus, 1890 - 1891

Have you ever had to organize what someone else has left behind? In 1846, physicist Joseph Henry was appointed as the founding Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Guiding the Institution through its initial decades, he also continued to conduct and promote scientific research, acquiring a sizable amount of physical apparatus for use in studies of electricity and sound. Join other volunteers in transcribing this first report of the National Museum's curator of physical apparatus to see how he tackled this challenge and others as well.

Go

Pages