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Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expedition, 1959 : correspondence

Visual documentation has long been an indispensable part of scientific expeditions. When multiple organizations come together to carry out an expedition, many details need to get worked out in preparation, including which group keeps which specimens, illustrations, photography, and notebooks, etc. upon the team's return. Detailed preparation can head off problems both during and long after the expedition. Join us in transcribing the correspondence of the 1959 Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expedition to and from expedition leader and United States National Museum curator Dr. Waldo LaSalle Schmitt. Learn more about what was discussed before, and after, that voyage.


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Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, etc., chiefly hymenoptera, 1936 - 1937

Today, declines in the populations of bees and other pollinators, important contributors to environmental heath and biodiversity, have given rise to renewed calls for study such as the United States' "Pollinator Research Action Plan." In Ireland, only 122 species of hymenoptera had been documented prior to 1924. That year, naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox reported another 53 new species, increasing the known species in Ireland by almost half. Stelfox's subsequent collection of specimens in the years that followed documented more still. Please join us in the transcription of his field diary of his collection trips in 1936 and 1937 which range from the northwestern coast of Ireland to Kilkea Castle in the southeastern countryside.