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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Historical Collections, 1892 - 1893

What happens when a museum's growing collections no longer fit into its available exhibit spaces? Help us transcribe this curators report and learn about the choices the United States National Museum Historical Collections Section was faced with in 1892 and 1893.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Historical Collections, 1893 - 1894

What would you do if you were a curator of the United States National Museum and were presented with the suit President Abraham Lincoln wore the night of his assassination? Discover the challenges this posed to the Historical Collections Section in 1893 and 1894.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Historical Collections, 1895 - 1896

How would you decide if something is historically valuable or not? And how would you respond when a critic thinks your choices were wrong? Curator A. H. Clark faced this situation in 1896. Help us transcribe this correspondence and his annual report. Your contributions make it easier for historians and other scholars to use this material in their research.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Historical Collections, 1896 - 1897

When collecting relics, a well-documented history is immensely helpful in ascertaining their value and significance. Whether a collection of Chinese empire currencies dating to 770 B.C. or the garrison flag of Fort Moultrie, South Carolina lowered on December 26th, 1860. Please join us in transcribing this report of the Section of Historical Collections of the United States National Museum and learn of the details behind these and other objects in the collections.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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