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How do you build a museum full of high-quality collections useful not only for general education, but also for extensive research from which to further increase our understanding of the world? Many naturalists who had amassed their own personal collections were glad to see a National Museum move forward in the early 1880's. The year 1884 proved to be a very good year for the Department of Reptiles among others. Honorary Curator H. C. Yarrow's succinct report covers the *many* highlights. Please help us transcribe this typescript report to make it accessible for advanced searching.
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This report covers the last half of the 1885 fiscal year, the honorary curator having been requested to submit a follow-up report to his earlier report of work accomplished in 1884. Please help us transcribe the details of this report.
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With the United States National Museum just five years old, the donation of reptile specimens increased noticeably. Specimens from Russia, Colombia, Mexico, Korea, the Caribbean and locations across the United States arrived in 1886 and 1887. Despite this boon, curator H. C. Yarrow still had some long-standing concerns. Join other volunteers to help us transcribe these reports from 1886 and 1887.
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What was it like to receive specimens from ornithologists across the continent and beyond in 1882? How do you go about processing and organizing hundreds of bird skeletons that were prepared for shipment at the campsites and other temporary accommodations across the continent? Join us in the transcription of the monthly reports of honorary curator R. W. Shufeldt during the early years of the United States National Museum.
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The Smithsonian has had to tackle some interesting storage issues in its 170 year history--like where would you find space for something that had actually been to space? The iconic missiles of Rocket Row found a home at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM)! Learn the story behind NASM's incredible collection with these out-of-this-world Division of Aeronautics curator's reports, 1946-47. These reports document the beginning and development of the museum, as well as how curators collected objects during World War II. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing a unique piece of Smithsonian history!
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Two years after the opening of the United States National Museum in 1881, its Sections of Foods and Textiles submitted this report of activities along with thoughts on the focus to which efforts should be directed in the year to come, such as the work on Indian Foods. It includes a monthly report for November 1883. Please help us transcribe this first in a series of Foods and Textiles reports and make the contents easier for researchers to access.
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How do you get someone to appreciate the significance of your accomplishments? R. Hitchcock, curator of Foods and Textiles, recalls the state of affairs in 1880 "at which time there was a large accumulation of material ... which was stowed away in drawers and boxes." From these humble beginnings, he goes on to outline the work accomplished in 1884. Please join us and other digital volunteers in transcribing his account of the curation, research and other activities of these Sections of the United States National Museums.
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Understanding foods and textiles isn't quite complete without also considering the equipment used to plant, process or produce these items. The first semi-annual curators report of 1885 begins with the acquisition of a Whitney cotton gin by the Foods and Textiles Sections of the United States National Museum. Please help us transcribe these reports and learn about the growing museum collections in curator R. Hitchcock's own words.
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How does one go about changing popular opinion? Graphic Arts curator S. R. Koehler begins his annual report by describing how the general public viewed graphic arts in the 1880's and the educational opportunities the United States National Museum had to expose Americans to a different perspective. Join us as, together with digital volunteers, we transcribe Koehler's annual report to make it more accessible to scholars and other researchers.
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What would you collect if you were building your own collection of materials relating to the graphic arts? Would you include Japanese chromoxylography or wood block printing? Curator S. R. Koehler describes the progress his section of the United States National Museum is making in building a comprehensive collection and making it available to the public. Join other digital volunteers and learn more about the work of the Museum in its early days.