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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.

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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.

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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.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1888-1889

When you go to the National Museum of American History today, you can expect to see an exhibit detailing the development of U.S. transportation. In 1888 this was a brand-new concept, and the talk of the Smithsonian's technological collections department. Help other volunteers transcribe this report and learn more about what the Technological Collections curator described as "an object lesson of the development, step by step, of our great systems of transportation," the first yet of its kind.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1889-1890

Steam engines have been an important piece of American technological development for centuries--and in 1889, the Smithsonian acquired the first steam engine built on the Western Continent. Learn more about this acquisition and other additions to the Smithsonian's Technological Collection in this annual curator's report--and help us transcribe it!

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1890 - 1891

Can you imagine what it would be like to have your father's invention on display at the Smithsonian? This was the year Mary Henry deposited the original electro-magnetic engine designed by her father in 1831. Fifteen years after designing this remarkable device, Dr. Joseph Henry became the Institution's first Secretary. Help us transcribe this annual report from curator J. Elfreth Watkins and learn more about the work his Section did to grow and care for the Technological Collections.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1891 - 1892

Just like antique cars are difficult to come by nowadays, examples of early railroad and steamboat technology were hard to come by in 1892 when curator J. Elfreth Watkins and the Technological Collections Section were working to acquire examples of the complete timeline for the United States National Museum. Join our digital volunteers and help us transcribe this curator's account of how the Section addressed this challenge and other tasks between July, 1891 and June, 1892.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1892 - 1893

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, or Chicago World's Fair, consumed a great deal of curator J. Elfreth Watkin's time and attention in 1892 having been given the responsibility of putting together an exhibit on railroad technology featuring the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Help us transcribe his detailed account of the work that year, including other related exhibits at the Fair.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1893 - 1894

In 1894, the United States National Museum's section heads were asked to submit their annual reports as responses to a questionnaire rather than the narrative report submitted in years past. Join us in transcribing this year's brief report to the Director of the National Museum from the Section of Technological Collections.

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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Technological Collections, 1894 - 1895

After two years away working on exhibit preparations for the 1893 World's Columbian Fair, J. E. Watkins returns to his role as Curator of Technological Collections at the United States National Museum. In due course, it falls to him to prepare the section's annual report. Join other volunteers to help us transcribe the 1895 Technological Collections Section report and see the highlights of the museum's past year from his perspective.

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