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Have you ever worked on a project that you knew needed a specialist's input to get it moving? Curator R. Hitchcock expresses his gratitude for the assistance a Dr. E. Palmer gave in February 1886. Having received a collection of Mexican food specimens from the New Orleans Exposition, Hitchcock discovered the specimens to be poorly labeled, to say the least. Dr. Palmer's expertise in this area made a world of difference in the progress even though he was only there for ten days! Learn more about the work of the Foods and Textiles Sections of the United States National Museum between 1885 and 1886 as you join other volunteers in transcribing these monthly reports. Watch out for the 1694 spinning wheel they acquired!
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What would you do if you were the Director of the United States National Museum and a curator submitted this report on "Preparing Microscopical Mounts of Vegetable Textile Fibers" instead of the customary annual report? Curator R. Hitchcock of the Foods and Textiles sections did just that for the period of 1887 - 1888. Join other volunteers transcribing this brief report accepted as a substitute.
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After substituting a brief paper on the preparation of microscopical mounts for the previous year's report, acting Foods and Textiles curator Romyn Hitchcock provides a lengthier summary for the period of 1888 to 1889. Could this be related to how the previous year's report had been received? Please join other digital volunteers and help us transcribe these submissions for 1888 and 1889. A typewritten version of the annual report is included with an attached paper and other monthly reports.
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Transporting museum artifacts can be a risky business. In his annual report on behalf of the Graphic Arts Section, curator S. R. Koehler notes the the impact suffered by some of the Section's specimens as they were transported to Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe Koehler's account.
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While the Smithsonian was participating in the Columbian Exposition, otherwise known as the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, the different sections of the United States National Museum also continued to work acquiring specimens and artifacts, preparing them for research and education use. Please join us and other digital volunteers in transcribing the annual report of the Graphic Arts Section's curator. Your work help researchers and scholars delve deeply into these historically valuable reports.
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What does a curator think about if he has to leave his collections in the hands of someone else for a year. Graphic Arts curator S. R. Koehler submitted this report to the Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian at the end of 1894 for this very reason. Join other volunteers in transcribing his brief on the eve of a year-long absence.
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If the head of your department was away on a year-long absence, how would you answer the question "any plans which you may have in view for the development of your department?" Help us transcribe the Graphic Arts report from 1895 and 1896 and see how Curator S. R. Koehler's stand-in responded to this question and others from the Director of the United States National Museum.
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What artifacts and objects were considered historically valuable at the end of the 19th century? Perhaps just as importantly, why were they considered important? Help us transcribe this report submitted by the Historical Collections Section of the United States National Museum describing the year's work.
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For the 1889 - 1890 period, the Historical Collections section of the United States National Museum acquired a great variety of objects. Captured in monthly reports, you will find reports of acquired medals, a bust of Benjamin Franklin, a soldier's official pardon for his part in "the late rebellion" from the Secretary of State, a gold box presented by Napoleon III and so much more. Join our volunteers in transcribing this series of reports.
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The silver-mounted glass flute belonging to President James Madison. A royal account book approved and signed by King Louis XVI. What was it like to build a collection of historical objects for the United States National Museum? The first page of the 1891 report has this note written across the top: "See page 27. Stephen R. Vail." Help us transcribe these curatorial reports learn more about the invaluable objects the Smithsonian was acquiring at the end of the nineteenth century and the importance of this man, Stephen Vail.