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Entomologist Doris Holmes Blake (1892-1978) was a prolific diarist and correspondent from her childhood, later keeping up a daily correspondence with her daughter Doris Sidney Blake. She was also known for her decades of scientific work on beetles. Join other volunteers on this project focusing on this mother-daughter correspondence in the fall of 1946. 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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By 1946, Doris Holmes Blake (1892-1978) had been studying beetles for over two decades. Her entomological journey began in 1920 at the Division of Truck Crop Insects of the United States Department of Agriculture. When the Great Depression hit, a change in government regulations forced her resignation. Nonetheless, she found a way to continue her research, arranging to do independent study at the United States National Museum. All the while, Blake corresponded daily with many individuals. Help us transcribe these letters between Blake and her daughter Doris Sidney Blake in the last two months of 1946. To see what their handwriting is like, you can look through the recently completed transcription of their October 1946 letters. Our thanks to the crowd of volunteers who have already contributed in this effort! 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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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.