189 Total Pages 126 Contributing Members
Want a transcription project that is a real challenge? There are plenty of scientific names of species, the handwriting is light, and the last letter in a word may just drift off. In other words, Irish naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) recorded his field notes for his own reference. Getting used to his handwriting style will take a little effort. Still, we hope you will accept the challenge to transcribe the thirteenth volume of field notes from his daily excursions, this time covering a full year from the fall of 1942 to September 1943. Keep in mind, if you aren't sure about a word or species name, you can simply save the page. Another volunteer will come along and give it a go. It's all about teamwork!
178 Total Pages 183 Contributing Members
Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of excursions, captures of insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera), Vol. 12, January 1941 - September 1942
Join Irish entomologist Arthur W. Stelfox on his excursions throughout the suburbs and surrounds of Dublin in the early 1940s, collecting mainly specimens of the order Hymenoptera, which includes wasps, bees, and ants. Narrative passages detailing his routes, the weather, and circumstances of his collecting alternate with detailed lists of specimens. His handwriting can be tricky, but with the aid of your fellow volunpeers, you can help make his notes accessible online. Enjoy deciphering the quintessentially Irish names of some of Stelfox's collecting locations!
173 Total Pages 211 Contributing Members
Four years after joining the National Museum of Ireland as an assistant naturalist working on hymenoptera, Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) had gained standing in the community as an authority in several areas of Ireland's natural history. He was placed in charge of the Museum's complete zoological collections. In this role, he was often called upon to identify specimens uncovered at prehistoric sites. However, despite his many responsibilities, Stelfox made time for field trips to observe and collect his own specimens. Join in with other volunteers to transcribe this diary of excursions taken between January 1940 and mid July the following year.
114 Total Pages 189 Contributing Members
Look closely at each of Arthur Stelfox's field notebooks and you will see many things—evidence of a dedicated and passionate scientist, for one—but perhaps the most noteworthy is the sheer volume of work undertaken by Stelfox, and a sense of the contribution he made to the world of natural history. You, our steadfast volunpeers, are contributing to Stelfox's legacy by making his work more widely accessible. Thank you, and happy transcribing!
191 Total Pages 129 Contributing Members
Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of hymenoptera, other insects, plants, etc., Vol. 14, September 1943 - August 1944
Ready for another Arthur W. Stelfox challenge? This time his field diary takes us from September of 1943 through August of 1944 as he collects specimens in the vicinity of Dublin, Ireland (Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe, is shouted out—see if you can spot the mention!). While Stelfox's main focus is on the study and collection of Hymenoptera, a group that includes bees, ants, and wasps, observations on local flora and other insects are sprinkled throughout—as is his commentary on the weather. While the light pencil and slanted, unique handwriting look formidable, we are confident you and your fellow volunpeers are up to the task!
151 Total Pages 124 Contributing Members
This journal of Arthur Stelfox's begins with a journey to Scotland—a step just outside of his normal stomping grounds in Ireland—and is notewothy for also including specimens alongside his written observations. Doubtless many of our veteran volunpeers have encountered collected specimens in other projects, but if this is your first time, take note of the careful notation and preparation in evdience. Field scientists like Stelfox were meticulous and supremely dedicated to their work, and their efforts demonstrate this. Enjoy this latest project digging into Stelfox's work!
184 Total Pages 187 Contributing Members
Despite his lifelong study of nature, Arthur Wilson Stelfox's (1883-1972) early career was as an architect. It was only in 1920, when he joined the staff of the National Museum of Ireland that his avocation became a profession. As Assistant Naturalist, he curated museum collections and delved further into his studies of hymenoptera. Field observation and collection of specimens were an essential part of this effort. In this volume of Stelfox's field notes, he bisects Ireland, traveling through Bunduff Strand on the western coast to areas southwest of Dublin. Join with other digital volunteers to transcribe his handwritten observations, recorded here along with the specmiens' location, sex, quantity, environment and sometimes the weather. IF you find his handwriting challenging, you might want to refer to an earlier Stelfox project for help.
1,060 Total Pages 301 Contributing Members
Our thanks to the many volunpeers who are helping to transcribe the field notes of Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972), Irish naturalist and entomologist. Born in Belfast, Stelfox was working in architecture in Ireland and England when he began to also work in natural history. He came to serve as secretary of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club and, in 1920, he received appointment as Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. Stelfox specialized in bees (Hymenoptera) and continued to build his private collections of following his retirement in 1948. He donated them to the Smithsonian in 1966. Transcribed field notes are below. You can also check out the finding aid for his personal papers at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
- Land and freshwater mollusca found in Great Britain and Ireland by Arthur Stelfox, 1911-1917
- Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary 1: Hymenoptera
- Arthur W. Stelfox - Vol. 2, daily lists
- Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1929-31, Vol. 3
- Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1931-32, Vol. 4
- Arthur Stelfox--Diary of insects, chiefly hymenoptera, 1932-33, Vol. 5
- Arthur Stelfox--Diary of hymenoptera, 1934-35, Vol. 6
100 Total Pages 18 Contributing Members
Have you ever started a project and nothing seems to be where it belongs? Shortly after arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey rode across the Rio Grande river and could find no trace of life to indicate the Lower Sonoran. As a person whose career was surveying biological life across North America, these observations raised questions instead of dashing his spirits. Join our volunpeers in transcribing Bailey's 1908 field book to see what he makes of his findings and the clues they provide.
94 Total Pages 23 Contributing Members
To what lengths would you go for your research? Naturalist Vernon Orlando Bailey regularly traveled through the American Southwest at the height of summer to collect and observe the animals and plants there. Bailey regularly worked on foot or horseback, camping near the location he was studying and making do with what was on hand. Specimens from his many expeditions as part of the Bureau of Biological Survey can be found in the National Museum of Natural History's mammal and birds collections. Join other volunteers in transcribing his summer 1907 field journal to make this collector's personal accounts more accessible to researchers and scholars today.