156 Total Pages 105 Contributing Members
This manuscript, transcribed around the year 1890 from the original version dating to 1843, is written in a clear cursive hand, although the ink has now considerably faded. The vocabulary contains parallel columns of common English and Potawatomi words, as well as verb conjugations and some phrases. The pages for the first section of the vocabulary (A-Gr) are missing, and the manuscript picks up with English words beginning in “Gu-.” The volume has an old, likely contemporary (but re-backed) mottled paperboard binding with marbled edges.
274 Total Pages 33 Contributing Members
Journal of A.W. Quilter from his travels in Africa from 1909-1911. The journal details Quilter's safari travels and big game hunting in East Africa. Starting in October of 1909, Quilter and 30 others start their safari in what he calls "Kizii country." The journal tells of Quilter's encounters with the people and animal life of East Africa during his adventurous travel.
230 Total Pages 51 Contributing Members
Signed by the Chevalier de Cirfontaine, this lavishly illustrated French manuscript provides detailed explanations alongside finely-colored drawings of French artillery and military machines. The Chevalier de Cirfontaine was likely Amour-Constant de Germay Cirfontaine, an officer in France’s 6e battalion de Royal-Artillerie, regiment Auxonne, created in 1757 under King Louis XV. A treat for the eyes if not for the enemy, this rewarding project already has researchers eager to see transcription results!
100 Total Pages 17 Contributing Members
This is a journal of a Gold Rush voyage aboard the Boston ship Capitol, transporting around 200 forty-niners from Boston out to San Francisco for the California Gold Rush. Journal keeper Benjamin S. Buckley was in his late 20s when he went, and he describes daily life aboard a ship full of young men setting out to seek their fortunes just a few weeks after the finds of gold were verified at Sutter's Mill, CA. His detailed account of games, songs, debating society, fights, thefts, patriotic celebrations of Washington's birthday and the 4th of July, as well as rather graphic description of the layover in Valparaiso, Chile provide a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of a six-month trip to California in the mid-19th century. Unlike most forty-niners, Buckley made a fortune mining, and he sent several thousand dollars back to his family in New England.
160 Total Pages 80 Contributing Members
Smithsonian Libraries' 15th century edition of Boethius' De institutione arithmetica is a beautiful copy in Latin complete with diagrams, tables, illustrated lettering, and rubrication. Boethius was a 6th century Roman philosopher who wrote one of the most important texts of the time Consolation of Philosophy. Check this list of resources for help with transcribing the abbreviations and punctuation - and e-mail us to update the list of frequently used abbreviations.
172 Total Pages 9 Contributing Members
This notebook of butterflies from the Shire Valley, East Africa (present day Malawi) was originally attributed to John Kirk. The actual author of the work, as determined by a Kirk scholar is Reverend Horace Waller; an English missionary and anti-slavery activist who went on several expeditions to Africa in the 19th century. Waller developed a strong friendship with Dr. David Livingstone after the two met in Africa in 1861. Waller joined Livingstone's expedition, which traveled along the Zambezi river, at a mission in the Shire highlands. This specimen book is part of the Field Book Project. The purpose of the project is to create a digital collection for increased accessibility to these rich research materials.
102 Total Pages 29 Contributing Members
Albertus Magnus was a 13th century Dominican friar and bishop known also as Saint Albert the Great. Admired for his encyclopedic knowledge, he wrote and philosophized on a range of topics—from logic and theology to zoology, physiology, alchemy, and love.
162 Total Pages 56 Contributing Members
Diligently solving arithmetic questions from cover to cover, E. Knight’s flourished initials and neat penmanship make beautiful even the calculation of compound interest in this 18th century manuscript. Brimming with descriptions of the basic principles and rules of arithmetic copied from various sources, including the popular Cocker’s Decimal Arithmetick, this manuscript is one of a pair.