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This undated manuscript is just one of amateur ornithologist Florence Merriam Bailey's extensive body of work. At the forefront of a movement to change the ways in which birds were seen by society and studied by naturalists, she authored ten books and nearly 100 articles of her ornithological work. Put off by the use of feathers and whole birds in fashion, she started her first Audubon Society while at college. She devoted her life to the study and protection of birds, advocating forcefully for a change to study by observation in the field first rather than begin on a laboratory bench. Please help us transcribe the work of this persuasive naturalist and pioneer.
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** If you can read Czech, we need you! Help us and other digital volunteers to finish transcribing Shimek's first volume of notes from his trip to Europe on the eve of World War I. ** Practicing a new language on your first trip to Europe? Surveyor-turned-naturalist Bohumil Shimek was working on Czech when he traveled from Iowa to Prague as an exchange professor of botany in 1914. Just before open hostilities broke out in what became known as the Great War or World War I. A son of Czech immigrants, Shimek came to be well known for his contributions to the field of botany in North America - over 205,000 plant specimens. Take note, he writes in English and Czech! English speakers may want to start here, a few pages in. You also might enjoy this blog post about his trip.
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The first volume of a list of Allard's collected specimens includes numbers 1-1710 collected in the course of his work in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia from 1930-1936. The specimen entries are dated and include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. A newspaper clipping was found in the book dated Sunday, September 29, 1946 from The Sunday Star, Washington, D.C. entitled "Harry A. Allard, 66, to retire; co-discovered botanical law". Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.
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What kind of passion drives a person to pioneering efforts over and over again? Florence M. Bailey (1863-1948) might be a good example. Devoted to the study and protection of birds, she started the Smith College Audubon Society while at the college. By the time she was twenty-two, she had become the first female associate member of the Ornithologists Union (1885). An amateur ornithologist, she would go on to even more firsts, always advocating for the use of binoculars, not shotguns, to observe birds. Please help us transcribe Florence's 1887 diary and get a glimpse into her life two years after becoming a member of the Ornithologists Union.
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For many of us, gulls bring to mind an ever-present flock of birds on summer beaches. Of course, there’s much more to them than that. In 1955 and 1956, Martin Moynihan of the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute, traveled along the western edge of South America to observe gulls from Peru south to Punta Arenas, Chile – just over 8 miles from Antarctica. His field notes reflect his attention to detail including time of day, changes of appearance, notations of the birds’ songs , sketches and other annotations. Please join us in transcribing his firsthand observations and discover some of the similarities and differences through the eyes of this important tropical naturalist.
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Maybe your passion has taken you across the continent. Harrison G. Dyar's lengthy excursions collecting and cataloging lepidoptera were just a part of his entomological studies. As honorary custodian of the U.S. National Museum's Lepidoptera collection Dyar worked diligently to expand and systematically arranging this collection. Join us in transcribing his catalog that spans 28 years of collecting from 1885 to 1913 and documents almost 40,000 specimens. The entries are laid out in a chart format by specimen number and name, along with the name of the collector, and the collection date and location. Locations include the Pacific Northwest, the Mountain West, New England and the Caribbean. This work helps to make this information available to further entomological research.
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Already well known by the 1830's for his scientific vision and his dedication to acquiring and disseminating knowledge, Joseph Henry (1797-1878) was to become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. A physicist, Henry kept this handwritten record of his research conducted during the last half of the 1830's. It describes his work with electromagnetism and other varied experiments dating from his time as a professor of natural philosophy at the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. If you want to start at the beginning of this first volume, you will need to start in the middle. Henry started his record with a partially used ledger. The ledger begins with a set of accounts in an unknown neat clerical hand. Henry's entries begin in the middle of the volume, continue to the end, and then pick up again at the beginning of the book, ending in the middle.
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Henry's personal record of his own scientific experiments began in the mid 1830's with Book 1 and continues with Book 2. This second volume documents experiments from 1839 to 1842, after he has completed a tour of European science centers where he extended his network of fellow scientists. Beginning with variations on an experiment in electromagnetism, this record reveals Henry's keen interest in a variety of scientific topics and their application. Please help us transcribe these notes from an inventor and scientist who did much to raise the profile of science in America.
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Secretary of the Smithsonian Joseph Henry continued his experiments with electromagnetism and other scientific topics after leaving Princeton University to lead the new Smithsonian Institution in 1846. This third book records his description of experiments from the fall of 1842 to the fall of 1863. Join us in completing the transcription of this American scientist who was at the same time working to establish an Institution dedicated to the "acquisition and dissemination of knowledge among men."
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For almost its entire history the Smithsonian Institution has had a photographer or photographic staff documenting artifacts, events, and exhibits. The body of work created dates back to 1869, when our first photographer, Thomas William Smillie, started our valuable photographic catalog. In 1971, a centralized photographic unit, Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS), was created, continuing the legacy of a century’s worth of photography. For almost forty years Smithsonian photographers in the Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS) unit documented artifacts, events, exhibits, and copy photography of archival collections from units all across the Institution. They recorded their photo shoots in a series of handwritten notebooks referred to as the “green logbooks.” In 2008, Smithsonian Institution Archives took over all of the historic photo collections created by Smithsonian photographers, with an estimated 3 million photographic negatives. Our only “key” to understanding what is in these photographic collections lies in the negative logbooks recorded by the photographers. Help us unlock the visual history of the Smithsonian Institution by joining in our transcription efforts so that we might discover forgotten photography from our endlessly fascinating past.