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Doris Holmes Blake - Correspondence with Doris Sidney Blake, November 1947 - January 1948

Doris Sidney Blake got a new temporary job at Harvard’s bookstore, The Coop, where she earned a little money and worked hard to memorize the lay of the land. Oh, and it’s also where she encountered a whole lot of misogyny. In a letter to her mother, Smithsonian entomologist Doris Holmes Blake, she wrote of a man who spoke to at her about the “decline in productivity among cultured females.” In another instance, she retold a story about a man at the store who accused women of always only doing exactly what they’re told. He then proceeded to ask her to go skiing. Roll those eyes and dive into this project of mother-daughter letters that shed light on life in college in the 1940s and provide glimpses into Doris Holmes Blake’s workflow at the U.S. National Museum. Tip: if you want to transcribe these letters in a fairly chronological order, start from the last page and work your way up! Funding for the digitization of Blake's correspondence, & its inclusion into the Transcription Center, was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.


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John Brooks Henderson, Jr. - Collecting notes in Jamaica Dec. 9, 1893 - January 2, 1894

In the years before being appointed a Smithsonian Regent in 1911, John Brooks Henderson, Jr. (1870-1923) served as a diplomatic advisor's secretary, as a civilian observer of European armies in Europe and the Ottoman Empire, and authored "American Diplomatic Questions" (1901). A shell collector from a young age, Henderson later participated in several Caribbean expeditions and donated his collections to the United States National Museum. Please help us transcribe these personal collecting notes from his trip to Jamaica in 1893-1894.


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Martin Moynihan - Atlapetes (Brush-finches) - Panama, Ecuador and Peru, 1958, 1960-1962

Understanding biodiversity trends and the factors that influence them requires us first to develop an intimate knowledge about the species themselves. In these field notes, Dr. Martin Moynihan (1928-1996) documents his work studying brush-finches (atlapetes) in Panama, Ecuador and Peru. Over half a century later, ornithologists are still making discoveries, such as the Antioquia Brush-finch that was identified from museum specimens collected in 1971. It was not seen alive for the next 47 years until it was rediscovered in Colombia 2018. Join in with other digital volunteers to transcribe Dr. Moynihan's observations and make them more accessible for today's researchers.