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Alexander Wetmore - Field Notes, August - December 1904

At 18 years of age, Alexander Wetmore was still a year away from college, but he had been observing and studying birds seriously since his early teens. His first paper "My Experience with a Red-headed Woodpecker" was published in the bi-monthly magazine Bird-lore four years before he penned these field notes. They are a combination of careful collection and observation notes interspersed with journal style entries describing Wetmore's activities, the weather and other conditions, and people with whom he interacted. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing this set of field notes of this young ornithologist.


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H. G. Dyar, Bluebook 213-270, 1890-1896

What do Dixa dyari, Euleucophaeus dyari, and 70 other insect species have in common? Their scientific names all pay tribute to the same scientist--National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Dyar devoted his life to taxonomy, and classified thousands of new species of butterflies, moths, and mosquitoes, in his lifetime. This field book documents his research from 1890-96 in New York and California. Learn more about Dyar's groundbreaking research and help transcribe his field notes!


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Martin H. Moynihan - Ring-billed Gulls, Pelican Island-Doglake, Manitoba, Canada, 1954-55

Ring-billed gulls—one of the most common species in North America—often nest near the Canadian coasts. But where do these birds travel in colder weather? Track the migration of the ring-billed gulls of Canada with Martin H. Moynihan’s 1954-55 field notes. Moynihan, a biologist and ornithologist, was founding director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join in on transcribing Moynihan’s field notes!


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Paul Bartsch - Notes of specimens collected on the Philippine Expedition, circa 1908

Despite being home to a great variety of species, the Philippines were not a place in which to conduct research between 1898 and 1903. The Pacific island archipelago was affected by the Spanish-American War of 1898 and an insurrection that continued until 1903. However, by 1907, the situation had stabilized and the United States was eager to begin exploring its flora and fauna. Paul Bartsch of the Smithsonian joined 69 other participants in the Philippine Expedition traveling aboard the 25 year old research vessel "Albatross." Among the many specimens Bartsch observed and collected were Nudibranchs, a type of marine Gastropoda. Included in his notes and descriptions are highly detailed illustrations by Kumataro Ito. Please join us in transcribing Bartsch's 1908 field notes to capture his personal record of specimen location, sample set number and descriptions. Transcribing Ito's Japanese notations on the watercolor illustrations would be an added bonus! (Tip: Japanese notations can be transcribed as characters or they can be romanized. Translation is not required for the project to be complete.)


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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting, January 16, 1978

What role should the Institution play in centennial celebrations of Albert Einstein's birth? Should the Smithsonian Institution acquire the National Museum of African Art and under what conditions? Should the Smithsonian, host of the International Exchange Service which distributed U.S. government publications to foreign governments, shift that program responsibility to another agency like the Government Printing Office? These are just a few of the topics the Smithsonian's Board of Regents discussed in their first meeting of 1978. Join our digital volunteers in transcribing these meeting minutes to make them fully searchable.


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United States Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Correspondence, 1875 - 1877

In 1871, Congress approved the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, an "international exhibition of arts, manufactures, and products of the soil and mine" to celebrate 100 years of American independence. Spencer F. Baird, then Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian, was appointed as the Smithsonian's representative on a Board of Executive Departments to prepare a collective exhibition for the event that would demonstrate the nature, breadth and ability of the government's institutions to adapt the wants of its citizens. Baird was directly in charge of the Smithsonian and the U.S. Fish Commission exhibits. Please join us in transcribing Baird's correspondence relating to the Centennial Exhibition to facilitate greater online access to this collection.


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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Birds: Annual and Monthly Reports 1885

If you were asked to summarize a month or a year's worth of work what would you leave out? What would you make sure to include? Department of Birds curator Robert Ridgway was meticulous in his monthly and annual reports to the United States National Museum's Director just as he was meticulous in his color studies and illustrations of North American birds. Join other digital volunteers working to transcribe Ridgway's 1885 reports.


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Western Union Telegraph Expedition - Reports of Major S. Abasa, February - April 1866

An expedition split into three divisions across two continents, searching for a viable telegraph route from North America to Eastern Europe by way of the Bering Sea. While Robert Kennicott, and later William Healey Dall, led the science corps exploring Russian America, Russian nobleman Major Serge Abasa led the Asian division in 1866. A year later, the United States would buy Russian America, now the state of Alaska, for $7.2 million dollars. The expedition was abandoned in 1867 when telegraph cable successfully reached across the Atlantic to England. However, the exploration produced a trove of scientific and ethnographic information. Join us in transcribing Major Abasa's reports from the Kamchatka Peninsula.


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William M. Mann - Field notes, Fiji and British Solomon Islands, 1915-1916

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.