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What is the best time to spend time in the Aleutian Islands? If you are a scientist studying marine life, every season is important. Naturalist William Healey Dall (1845-1927) kept this diary from June through December of 1872 while on the schooner Humboldt as part of the United States Coastal Survey of Alaska. His chronological entries describe his daily activities as part of the Survey's science corps and sometimes include measurements of the tides and other weather conditions. Jump into this transcription effort along with other digital volunteers to make this part of the future U.S. National Museum Curator of Mollusks's collection of personal papers more accessible.
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Who would you choose to explore and chart the farthest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness? In 1873, the United States Coast Survey chose naturalist William Healey Dall to explore the Alaskan territory (just recently purchased by the United States from Russia in 1867). Dall, who also traveled through Alaska with the Western Union Telegraph Expedition of 1865-1867, took measurements and notes about his travels, the climate, and barometric pressure. Later on in Dall's vibrant scientific career, he was named Honorary Curator of the United States Museum's Division of Mollusks. Join other volunteers in transcribing Dall's diary and explore a first-hand account of a fascinating scientific expedition!
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Who would you recruit to help you build a trans-Pacific communication system? For Western Union's Telegraph Expedition of 1865-1867 (which explored creating a communication system between North America and Europe through Alaska and Asia), the company chose naturalist William Healey Dall to lead on the expedition's science corps. Dall was later named Honorary Curator of the United States National Museum's Division of Mollusks. This diary, which covers the final year of the expedition, also serves as a continuation of Dall's previously transcribed 1865 diary from the beginning of the Telegraph Expedition. Join other volunteers in transcribing Dall's diary and read a first-hand account of an incredible science expedition!
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Experience the end of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition with the last in a series of diaries by naturalist William Healy Dall. Dall led the expedition's science corps on a historic trip to explore building a trans-Pacific communication system through Alaska and Asia. Later in his career, Dall was named Honorary Curator of the United States National Museum's Division of Mollusks. This diary also serves as a continuation of the first volume of Dall's 1867 diary from the Telegraph Expedition. Join other volunteers in transcribing Dall's diary and explore the final days of an incredible science expedition!
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How would you spend your time if you came into a large sum of money? As a young man, William Louis Abbott (1860-1936) had already obtained licenses to practice medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians when he received his inheritance. He was twenty-six. From that point forward, he devoted himself to exploring and collecting on several continents. This set of correspondence covers his work in Haiti during the years leading up to his retirement in 1923. Join up with other transcription volunteers to learn more about Abbott and the collections he donated to the United States National Museum.
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When the Spanish Flu pandemic was sweeping through countries around the globe, William Louis Abbott (1860-1936) was far from home doing research and collecting work in Haiti. Only a life-threatening case of dysentery could convince him to return to the States. And upon his recovery, Abbott again took up his explorations, returning to explore the Dominican Republic on the western side of that Caribbean island. Will you help us transcribe this handwritten field book of a lifelong naturalist and generous contributor to the United States National Museum?
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If you received money to travel for a year, where would you go? An exotic location? William M. Mann was awarded a year's funding from Harvard University's Sheldon Traveling Fellowship and set out for the South Pacific. Fiji and the Solomon Islands were part of his travels. But exotic locations can include unknown dangers amidst the discoveries. Join our volunteers in transcribing this set of Mann's field notes.
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If you had just finished your doctorate program, what would you do? Plan a party, take a vacation? For future National Zoological Park director William M. Mann the answer was a research expedition! This set of notes was taken by Mann on his trip to the Fiji Islands in 1915--newly out of school, before taking a job as an entomologist with the US Department of Agriculture. Mann's focus was on studying the distribution of organic species in Fiji's islands and reefs. Join other transcribers in helping make Mann's field work available to current researchers! While the first few pages are tricky, Mann's handwriting improves throughout the remainder of the book!