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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, Amazonia #3

The sheer number of specimens agrostologist Cleofé Calderón collected for the Smithsonian, evidenced in this 1979 notebook, make it hard to believe that in just a few years, Calderón completely retired from botany. She remained in Washington after stepping away from the U.S. National Herbarium in 1985, but rarely returned to the Smithsonian, especially after her longtime professional partner Dr. Tom Soderstrom passed away in 1987. After breaking from the field, Calderón worked at a bibliographic service before retiring and returning to Argentina in 2005. Just two years later, she passed away. Your assistance in transcribing this project will ensure that Cleofé Calderón’s important work will not be forgotten. Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, so feel free to see how volunpeers have transcribed her work.


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Judy Gradwohl - Field notes, 1978-1979

Judy Gradwohl has an impressive resume with the Smithsonian. She has been an exhibition curator, an environmental policy specialist, and even a digital content developer, helping to create the Smithsonian’s first website. But first, she was an ornithologist. In the late 1970s, Gradwohl studied social and foraging behavior of tropical forest birds at Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute in Panama. She and her husband, ornithologist Russell Greenberg, co-wrote "Saving the Tropical Forests." Today, she serves as the president and CEO of the San Diego National History Museum. Join us in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day, by helping to describe Gradwohl’s early field notes.


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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting held on September 19, 1988

This weekend, Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will become the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian. But Smithsonian’s newest museum, where Bunch made his lasting legacy, was only a twinkle in Smithsonian’s eye in these Board of Regents meeting minutes. In 1988, Secretary Adams called for a study to determine whether or not the Smithsonian should create a stand-alone museum or just dedicate a wing in an existing museum to African American history. Assist a group of volunpeers in transcribing these notes to learn about how these early studies were formed.


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Russell Greenberg - Field notes, Mexico, 1987

Commemorate World Migratory Bird Day by transcribing the field notes of Russell Greenberg, the ornithologist responsible for launching the annual celebration in 1993. Greenberg was the founding director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and established Smithsonian’s Bird Friendly Coffee program. He is also responsible for discovering that birds’ bills help regulate their body temperature. Before the center was even created, Greenberg recorded these notes on a trip to Mexico in 1987. He noted the times of his activities, weather, and birds he observed that day, among other details. Join a group of volunpeers in describing golden-fronted woodpeckers, tropical kingbirds, black-headed saltators, and so many more birds.


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Smithsonian Galaxy - Edition 54, December 22, 1980

How did the Smithsonian use radio to spread the word about the Institution's wide-ranging activities? Ann Carroll hosted a series of 2 1/2 minute programs known as Smithsonian Galaxy and broadcast from stations around the world. The set of four broadcasts known as Edition 54 were produced in December 1980 and include discussions of 20th century Germany, folk art and the Phillipine monkey-eating eagle! Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning.