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Alexander Wetmore- Photo Album, Pacific Islands, 1923

Travel to Hawaii with Alexander Wetmore's 1923 photo album documenting his travel through the central Pacific Islands! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while on the Tanager Expedition with the US Department of Agriculture?s Bureau of Biological Survey. Wetmore directed the expedition's team of scientists in studying the plant and animal life on several of the Hawaiian Islands. Join Wetmore and his Tanager Expedition crew on a winter adventure and help transcribe captions of these striking island images.

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Alexander Wetmore- Photo Album, Pacific Islands, 1923, Vol. 2

Take off on an island adventure with Alexander Wetmore's 1923 photo album documenting his travel through the central Pacific Islands! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while on the Tanager Expedition with the US Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Biological Survey. Wetmore directed the expedition's team of scientists in studying the plant and animal life on several of the Hawaiian Islands. Join Wetmore and his Tanager Expedition crew on a winter adventure and help transcribe captions of these striking island images.

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Alexander Wetmore- Photo Album, South America, 1920

Wishing you were on a holiday getaway? Explore South America with Alexander Wetmore's 1920 photo album documenting his travel through Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay! Wetmore, an ornithologist, curator, and former Secretary of the Smithsonian, took these photos while studying bird migration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Explore the wildlife and landscapes as Wetmore saw them, as he trekked from savanna to forest, and through villages, wetlands, and sand dunes. Join other volunteers on a Wetmore winter adventure and help transcribe the image captions!

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Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, etc., chiefly hymenoptera, 1936 - 1937

Today, declines in the populations of bees and other pollinators, important contributors to environmental heath and biodiversity, have given rise to renewed calls for study such as the United States' "Pollinator Research Action Plan." In Ireland, only 122 species of hymenoptera had been documented prior to 1924. That year, naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox reported another 53 new species, increasing the known species in Ireland by almost half. Stelfox's subsequent collection of specimens in the years that followed documented more still. Please join us in the transcription of his field diary of his collection trips in 1936 and 1937 which range from the northwestern coast of Ireland to Kilkea Castle in the southeastern countryside.

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Arthur Stelfox - Diary of insects, vol. 9, July 1937- July 1938

Irish naturalist Arthur W. Stelfox makes identifying insects seem romantic. He describes “fine” and “joyous” mornings and relaxing lunches near bridges and sand dunes. And then Stelfox dives right into noting the Hymenoptera species he observes, which is arguably less romantic, but crucial to the field. In this 1937-38 field book, the naturalist travels to Wexford and Kinlough, among other destinations in Ireland. Included in this field book are his very detailed notes of the species he observed, actual specimens taped inside, and some very challenging handwriting. Come for the insects. Stay for the comradery of transcribing difficult penmanship and making Stelfox’s work more accessible with your fellow volunpeers!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary from 16th Aug. 1944 till 8th Aug. 1946, vol. 15

This fifteenth volume of Irish naturalist Arthur W. Stelfox's personal record of collecting hymenoptera specimens around the Irish countryside, this time in and near Athdown, Royal Canal, Rye Water and Phoenix Park. His collection, gathered over decades and eventually donated to the Smithsonian Institution, provided the research material he and the next generation of entomologists would use to study changes in hymenoptera species over time. Please help us to transcribe his detailed notes. Zooming in where his pencil writing is faint on some pages will be a great help.

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary from 16th May 1948 till 18th Sept. 1949, vol. 17

This journal of Arthur Stelfox sees him a little closer to his base of Dublin, Ireland, making excursions to County Kildare, south of his home city, for his collecting. But one of the most fascinating mentions in this diary is his meeting in Phoenix Park with a young woman. A friend from Oxford had asked that he demonstrate how to collect insect specimens to this natural sciences student. Stelfox was clearly committed to the transmission of his acquired knowledge to future generations—an inspiring quality in any individual! Join your fellow volunpeers in helping Stelfox acheive that goal by transcribing his journal!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary from 21st Sept. 1949 till, vol. 18

Arthur Stelfox, Irish naturalist, was a conscientious observor and meticulous record-keeper, judging from his field notebooks—detailed descriptions of collecting locations and associated weather precede each list of specimens. Stelfox has carefully marked the year in beautifully shaded serif-style characters (keep an eye out for these!), adding an element of beauty to an otherwise functional item. His handwriting, in relatively faint pencil, can be challenging to read, but you faithful volunpeers are more than capable of decoding his records! Dig in with us.

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary from 28th May 1946 till 12th May 1948, vol. 16

Arthur Stelfox, one of our most beloved Archives contributors, worked primarily out of his home base in Dublin, Ireland. This diary begins with a journey southwest into Kerry, a windswept coastal county that is home to ancient castles and churches, as well as some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. Stelfox's meticulous observations and poetic language make reading his journals a delight—though his handwriting can induce feelings in the opposite direction! Join your fellow volunpeers with an excursion into the countryside of Stelfox's Ireland.

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary of excursions, captures of insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera), 1942-1943

Want a transcription project that is a real challenge? There are plenty of scientific names of species, the handwriting is light, and the last letter in a word may just drift off. In other words, Irish naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) recorded his field notes for his own reference. Getting used to his handwriting style will take a little effort. Still, we hope you will accept the challenge to transcribe the thirteenth volume of field notes from his daily excursions, this time covering a full year from the fall of 1942 to September 1943. Keep in mind, if you aren't sure about a word or species name, you can simply save the page. Another volunteer will come along and give it a go. It's all about teamwork!

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