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Book no. 2, H.A. Allard, field collection specimen no. 1711-3420

This second volume of H. A. Allard's field book list of collected specimens includes numbers 1711-3420 collected in the course of his work in Virginia, and West Virginia from 1936-1937. His dated specimen entries include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. Many of the specimens were collected in the Bull Run Mountains, an area in Virginia's northern piedmont which is home to several forest and woodland community types, some of them rare botanical communities. Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.


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Cleofe Calderon - Brazil, 1976, Vol. 3

While Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon conducted field work across Central and South America, Brazil was at the heart and soul of her research. Why? Brazil was where, in 1976, she re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. In her lifetime, Calderon also named 18 new species of grasses, and her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution. Help us continue to make her work accessible to present-day scientists by transcribing her field notebook from Brazil in 1976--the same year she made her bamboo discovery!


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Cleofe Calderon - Tropical America, 1967-68

Ola! We are calling on our Transcription Center volunteers who can read Portuguese to pitch in on this exciting field book! In 1971, a new genus of grasses, Calderonella, was found and named in honor of Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon, who made this discovery--one find in a lifetime's worth of biological field work. Calderon named 18 new species of grasses, and re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. Her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution today. Help make Calderon's work more accessible for present-day biologists and botanists by transcribing her field notes!


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 197-212, 1890-1895

Have you ever heard of Dyar's Law? The now-standard biological rule measures the development of moths and butterflies and is named after National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Before there could be Dyar's Law, however, there first had to be Dyar's field work! This set of notes details Dyar's work in 1890-95 through New York, and includes specimen numbers, dates, and other collecting observations. Explore the beginnings of Dyar's Law and help other volunteers transcribe this important scientific text.


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 213-270, 1890-1896

What do Dixa dyari, Euleucophaeus dyari, and 70 other insect species have in common? Their scientific names all pay tribute to the same scientist--National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Dyar devoted his life to taxonomy, and classified thousands of new species of butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes, in his lifetime. This field book documents his research from 1890-96 in New York and California. Learn more about Dyar's groundbreaking research and help transcribe his field notes!


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H.G. Deignan - Field Catalog, Siam, 1935-37

Though Thailand is only approximately 198,000 square miles in total area, it is home to almost a thousand species of birds--many of which are rare or facing endangerment. Now more than ever, it is important that the work of ornithologists like Herbert G. Deignan are available to present-day researchers! Deignan--future curator of the US National Museum's Division of Birds--conducted extensive field work studying the native birds of Thailand throughout the late 1920s and 1930s. Help transcribe a piece of Deignan's decades-worth of important field work and make information about the endangered bird species of Thailand available for future ornithologists!


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Joseph Nelson Rose - Field Notebook 1, 1893, 1897, 1912

Yellowstone National Park was signed into law, becoming the first United States National Park, on March 1, 1872, and has been a popular site for tourists and scientists alike ever since. But what were the park's lands and wildlife like when it just opened, over 140 years ago? Find out with this set of field notes from botanist and Smithsonian curator Joseph Nelson Rose. Rose conducted field work in Yellowstone, among other places, in 1893--just one year after the National Park was established. Explore Rose's notes and botanical lists and help transcribe them!


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Vernon Bailey - Field Notes, California, July-October 1907

California is an area rich in biodiversity--with multiple climate zones and thousands of plant species native to the state alone. What kind of wildlife might be found there more than 100 years ago? Travel California with naturalist Vernon Bailey's 1907 field notes. Bailey, who spent decades as the Chief Field Naturalist for the Bureau of Biological Survey, conducted research on the state's plant and animal life in Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, and San Bernardino. Explore Bailey's notes and help transcribe them for generations of future scientists!


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William Henry Holmes -- Chichen Itza, Mexico, 1895

Do you know how many steps lead up to the platform of the famous El Castillo Maya pyramid in Chicen Itza, Mexico? There are 365—one for each day of the year—establishing what we know now as a calendar year. See sketches of these famed steps in the field notes of William Henry Holmes. Holmes, who was an artist, archaeologist and anthropologist, traveled to the ruins in Mexico with the Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology.


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William Henry Holmes -- Chichen Itza, Mexico, 1895, Vol. 2

Did you know that a large portion of the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza were used as a ball court? The court—the largest in the Americas—was used for a game where players hit balls through stone hoops hung on the walls. Anthropologist, archaeologist, and artist William Henry Holmes sketched this court during his study of the ruins at Chichen Itza, Mexico in 1895. During this period of his long career in science and art, Holmes was working as an archaeologist with the Smithsonian’s Bureau of American Ethnology.