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Arthur W. Stelfox - Volume 10, Diary, 1938-1939

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.


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Doris Sidney Blake - Diary, 1942

In between stories about biking around the neighborhood with friends and shopping downtown with her mother, fourteen-year-old Doris Sidney Blake also jotted down updates about the war in her diary. For instance, in February 1942, Blake abruptly transitioned from a discussion about her teacher’s accent to a few lines of news about the ill-fated USS Jacob Jones off the coast of New Jersey. In November that year, Blake jumped from writing about crafting a necklace with her best friend to praising the Allied efforts during the North African campaign. Dive in with a group of volunpeers to transcribe this project, which reveals what life was like for a teenager during World War II.


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Fosberg - Collection and field note book no. 5, April 21, 1934 – September 3, 1938, 11000-15799

How does an island ecosystem work? The corps of scientists with the 1934 Mangarevan Expedition explored the Mangareva and Tuamoto Islands in the South Pacific. Botanist F. Raymond Fosberg (1908-1993) kept a record of his observations and the collections on the trip and afterwards. It is clear from the index in the front of Field Note Book No. 5 that his travels covered many other islands as well during that four year period. Join with us and other volunteers to transcribe Fosberg's field notes to make his findings more accessible to researchers and scientists!


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Martin H. Moynihan - Cephalopoda (Squid) 1971-1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1982 (3 of 3)

Capturing a decades worth of Martin H. Moynihan's (1928-1996) field observations of squid in the waters around Panama represents a remarkable effort. In this third and final set of notes, arranged chronologically, there are gaps where Moynihan may have been on other expeditions, tending to his administrative duties as head of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute or writing and delivering scientific papers. Despite his many responsibilities, Moynihan's observations are characteristically thorough. His narrative style makes it easy to imagine yourself with him, whether it is in the San Blas Islands facing the Caribbean Sea or in the Gulf of Panama. We invite you to dive in and team up with other volunteers who are making Moynihan's field notes more accessible to scientists and scholars!


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Martin H. Moynihan - Diglossa (Flowerpiercers) (3 of 4)

What might you find in one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, the Andes mountain system? Plants and animals have adapted to the conditions that vary across the high plateaus and even higher mountains that run the length of South America's western coast. Scientist Martin H. Moynihan (1928-1996 ) made countless expeditions to study species around the world. This third volume of his genus Diglossa field notes covers his observations of species known commonly as flowerpiercers in the northwest Andes between 1965 and 1972. His entries are thorough and include sketches, notations of birdsong and a photography schedule. Still, not all the entries are chronological. Would you join other digital #volunpeers to transcribe this third volume of four and make his detailed studies easier for researchers, educators and everyone to use?


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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting held on May 8, 1995

In 2017, the Smithsonian announced its goal to reach one billion people every year with a digital-first strategy, but in May 1995, Smithsonian’s online presence was just beginning. In fact, on the same day as the spring 1995 Board of Regents meeting, leaders launched “The Electronic Smithsonian,” a central website that linked to the individual sites of Smithsonian’s museums and research centers. It included an overview section in English and Spanish, 3,000 images, and a “cyberspace exhibition.” Join a group of volunpeers in transcribing this project which covers Smithsonian’s plunge into the World Wide Web, the aftermath of recent controversies, plans for Smithsonian’s 150th anniversary celebration, and more.