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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1976, 4

Slow and steady wins the race. At least it did for agrostologist Cleofé Calderón, who collected and worked with grasses, especially bamboo, for Smithsonian’s U.S. National Herbarium from 1965 to 1987. She is remembered by her colleagues for her consistent, high quality work, which, of course took time. According to one account, “Cleo would not be hurried, often to the consternation of those accompanying her.” And this is evident in her field notes, as she recorded specific measurements of specimens and details about the types of photographs she took. Additionally, rather than place specimens in bags to press later, Calderón and her assistants pressed the specimens, with plenty of duplicates, while still in the field. Assist us in helping make Calderón’s scientific contributions and legacy available to researchers. One quick note: Calderon’s handwriting is part of this challenge, but you can explore how past volunpeers have tackled her handwriting in previous projects.

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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1978

Cleofé Calderón’s organizational skills are shining again in this field book from her trip to Brazil in 1978. Like in many of her notes, she organizes the specimens she collected by name and number, and even often the dates she collected them. One thousand of these collections, mostly bamboos, made their ways to the U.S. National Herbarium during her career. One of Calderón’s most significant discoveries was actually the rediscovery of the Anomochloa, a tropical forest grass, in 1976. Overall, her collections have been such an important contribution to grass systematics not only for the quality of specimens she collected, but also for her close attention to detail. Aid us in transcribing Calderón 's work to make the high quality of her research well known to a wider audience. Fair warning, Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, but you can revisit past transcription projects to examine how volunpeers have tackled her work.

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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, 0

Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to make ends "meat" doing the research you love. Fortunately, Cleofé Calderón had professional training as a chef and was a skilled cook. After an extended trip to Brazil in 1979, Calderón moved to another office in the U.S. National Herbarium and turned to catering for a short period of time in order to support herself. Apparently, her skills were well known throughout the herbarium, as attendance spiked at the Friday afternoon tea times when it was Calderón’s turn to bring refreshments. This transcription project is just one field book of notes from her long 1979 trip to Brazil. Help the Archives make Calderón’s important research accessible to a wider audience by transcribing this project. Though Calderón’s handwriting can be challenging to read, you can view how volunpeers have transcribed her previous projects.

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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, Amazonia #1

During her lifetime, agrostologist Cleofé Calderón was a teacher and mentor, and proved she deserved a seat at the table. As early as 1966, around the same time Calderón began collecting for the Smithsonian, she assisted Dr. Richard W. Pohl in teaching a course on agrostology at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. In 1981, she once again proved herself, but this time at the last minute. Her colleague, Dr. Thomas R. Soderstrom, at the U.S. National Herbarium was too ill to travel to Colombia for a workshop and Calderón stepped in to fill his place. Her leadership at the bamboo symposium was so successful and popular that she was asked to organize another workshop the following year in Ecuador. But she also shared her expertise in less formal settings as a mentor to many aspiring students. Help transcribe these field notes, which will allow Calderón's legacy and teachings to live on for researchers today. Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, so feel free to see how volunpeers have transcribed her work.

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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, Amazonia #3

The sheer number of specimens agrostologist Cleofé Calderón collected for the Smithsonian, evidenced in this 1979 notebook, make it hard to believe that in just a few years, Calderón completely retired from botany. She remained in Washington after stepping away from the U.S. National Herbarium in 1985, but rarely returned to the Smithsonian, especially after her longtime professional partner Dr. Tom Soderstrom passed away in 1987. After breaking from the field, Calderón worked at a bibliographic service before retiring and returning to Argentina in 2005. Just two years later, she passed away. Your assistance in transcribing this project will ensure that Cleofé Calderón’s important work will not be forgotten. Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, so feel free to see how volunpeers have transcribed her work.

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Project PHaEDRA - Annie Jump Cannon 27

At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women computers studied glass plate photographs of the night sky. Here they catalogued stars, identifying variables, interpreting stellar spectra, counting galaxies, and measuring the vast distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. In these books, follow the work of Annie Jump Cannon, who in 1901 devised a robust and elegant stellar classification scheme that astronomers still use today. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest.

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Project PHaEDRA - Cecilia H. Payne #15

At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women computers studied glass plate photographs of the night sky. Here they catalogued stars, identifying variables, interpreting stellar spectra, counting galaxies, and measuring the vast distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. In these books, follow the early work of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who discovered that stars, and the whole universe, were made abundantly of hydrogen -- a discovery that earned her the first PhD in Astronomy from Harvard. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest.

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Project PHaEDRA - Henrietta Swan Leavitt #17

At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women computers studied glass plate photographs of the night sky. Here they catalogued stars, identifying variables, interpreting stellar spectra, counting galaxies, and measuring the vast distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. In these books, follow the work of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who connected the luminosity and periodicity of certain variable stars such that we were able to understand just how big our universe is. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest.

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Women's History at the Archives of American Art

Celebrate the history of women artists and art historians by exploring and transcribing archival collections from the Archives of American Art. Through diaries, notebooks, essays, and correspondence, learn about the life and careers of painters, sculptors, writers, critics, art historians, and other creative women who made their mark on American history.

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