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Is there something special about bees in the British Isles? Irish naturalist Arthur W. Stelfox was fascinated by them. In this seventh volume of his field notes, he travels to both east and west coasts of southern Ireland. Together with his daily record, he notes specimen names, date collected, sex, quantity, sometimes remarks on the weather, location and sometimes specific type of environment. It's worth noting that someone was checking his work. When "R.C.L.P" follows a specimen name, it signifies that D. R. C. L. Perkins, F.R.S. also saw and verified the entry. Please join us in transcribing this project. Your contributions make it more accessible to researchers.
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What is the effect of nuclear weapons on marine life? Harry S. Ladd was part of a group doing research in the Marshall Islands during a ten-year period of weapons testing. Four years after testing had begun on the Eniwetok Atoll, this paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey arrived to study the coral reefs and the marine life surrounding the atoll as part of the Pacific Islands Mapping Survey. His notebooks contain his personal records of his field work obtaining and examining core samples from the reef and other tasks. The first hydrogen bomb test would be tested there five months later. Help us transcribe this material and get a glimpse into the concerns of naturalists in the early days of the nuclear arms race.
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In 1871, Congress approved the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, an "international exhibition of arts, manufactures, and products of the soil and mine" to celebrate 100 years of American independence. Spencer F. Baird, then Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian, was appointed as the Smithsonian's representative on a Board of Executive Departments to prepare a collective exhibition for the event that would demonstrate the nature, breadth and ability of the government's institutions to adapt the wants of its citizens. Baird was directly in charge of the Smithsonian and the U.S. Fish Commission exhibits. Please join us in transcribing Baird's correspondence relating to the Centennial Exhibition to facilitate greater online access to this collection.
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A 1937 "Notice for American Yacht Clubs" is one of the items found in the miscellaneous notes of Dr. Waldo Schmitt from this expedition. After years of explorers and other visitors to the Archipelago, the dangers to the flora and fauna of the Galapagos and the surrounding islands was clear. Among Schmitt's notes are plans and specifications for a proposed field laboratory in the Galapagos Islands to study the wildlife and environment. Such an arrangement would require a partnership with the Ecuadorean government. Join us in transcribing the draft plans, proposals, and related details in this first part of Dr. Schmitt's notes. This project is a part of our “Travel to the Tropics” campaign. As you’re transcribing Schmitt’s work, if you come across names of people with whom Waldo had professional or personal relationships (e.g. fellow scientist, staff on an expedition, friend), it would help us to make better authority records for him if you could kindly add those names to this spreadsheet. If you like, share what you find on Twitter tagging #WhosWithWaldo.
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This second segment of Dr. Waldo Schmitt's miscellaneous field notes continues his diary-like recording of observations, the work of the the expedition team and a variety of details that he thought would need to be addressed if a biological research station on the islands were to become a reality. Join us in transcribing the draft plans, proposals, and related details in this second part of Dr. Schmitt's notes. This project is a part of our “Travel to the Tropics” campaign. As you’re transcribing Schmitt’s work, if you come across names of people with whom Waldo had professional or personal relationships (e.g. fellow scientist, staff on an expedition, friend), it would help us to make better authority records for him if you could kindly add those names to this spreadsheet. If you like, share what you find on Twitter tagging #WhosWithWaldo.