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"Fifty Years To-day" is a poem written by Solomon G. Brown commemorating his 50 years of continual service at the Smithsonian Institution. Brown, the first African American employee of the Smithsonian and quite likely the first Smithsonian employee to complete 50 years of service, had served under the first three Secretaries of the Smithsonian. A ceremony was held on February 15th, 1902, honoring Brown. The poem was published in a pamphlet made possible by "contributions of his friends at the Smithsonian Institution" in 1903.
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Islands, Aqueducts, Bamboo, and Oxen – what will you discover through the annotated photographs of Mary Agnes Chase's expedition to Brazil in 1924-1925? Help us transcribe the set to learn more.
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How far would you go to study grasses? South American biodiversity held the interest of some United States botanists as early as the turn of the twentieth century. Harvard University and the New York Botanical Garden as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) saw fit to send Alfred Spear Hitchcock (1865-1935), USDA systematic agrostologist and Smithsonian custodian of grasses to northern South America to study the grazing industry there in 1923. This brief typescript report includes a descriptions of Hitchcock's time there together with photographs visually documenting the expedition. Please help us transcribe Hitchcock's report and learn his thoughts concerning the grazing industries of three different countries.
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Botanist Alfred Spears Hitchcock (1865-1935) traveled a good amount in the course of his work. He put together a number of photo albums to visually document his trips collecting specimens. Join us in transcribing the captions in this album of his travels. In addition to photos of trees and vegetation, you will also find landscapes, towns, local people, sailing vessels and harbors. Sites range from a number of Caribbean islands and British Guyana to land-locked sites in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.
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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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Travel the path of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition with this 1865 trip report by explorer and fur-trader Alexander Caulfield Anderson. Anderson's report, filed "on the country between the Fraser R[iver] and Stuart Lake" in British Columbia, details part of the path taken by the historic expedition to explore building a trans-Pacific communication system through Alaska and Asia. His report from the beginning of the expedition, in 1865, describes a path to follow, with notes on the terrain, the types of trees available on the route, and distances between towns and other geographic landmarks. Help transcribe Anderson's expedition report and join in on an incredible scientific exploration! You can also read the 1865 account of a fellow Telegraph Expedition traveler, William Healey Dall, previously transcribed by volunpeers!
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Planning to travel when you retire? Where would you go? Forty-two years after starting his science career in ornithology and avian paleontology, Wetmore retired from his position as Secretary of the Smithsonian to more fully devote himself to the science he loved. This photograph album documents Alexander Wetmore's work in Panama in 1954, including visits to the Canal Zone Biological Area and specimen collecting in Chiriqui together with Beatrice Thielen Wetmore and others. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing the captions in this album and see a wide range of topics including shorelines, forests and vegetation, volcano vistas, Panamanian staff and families, lodgings, and modes of transportation used.
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Have you ever wanted to take a trip to the coasts and canals of Panama? See fascinating photographs from a 1958 collection expedition to Panama, taken by Alexander Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and the former Secretary of the Smithsonian. These vibrant images of the Panama environment and birds in the wild, among many others, offer a unique inside look into the specimen collection process as Wetmore experienced it. Experience the expedition and help us transcribe photo captions! Together, we can make the album a rich, visual resource for scholars and researchers!
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Did you know that the 365 islands that make up the San Blas archipelago of Panama are largely uninhabited? The islands also lie outside the Atlantic hurricane region, leaving the environment undisturbed by natural disasters. These factors made the San Blas Islands a perfect place for a scientist like Alexander Wetmore to explore! Ornithologist and former Smithsonian Secretary Wetmore made an annual trip to Panama, to collect specimen and research for what would become his book, "The Birds of The Republic of Panama." On his 1957 expedition, Wetmore traveled to San Blas to study the native wildlife--documented in this photo album, alongside other locations throughout Panama. Sail off to the San Blas Islands and help transcribe the captions from this fascinating set of images!