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Bailey - California, North Dakota, September - December 1907

The struggle between environmental stewardship and economic expansion is not a new concern. At the end of the 19th century, the United States Bureau of Biological Survey sought to build a comprehensive survey of North America to better inform the choices being made across the country by farmers, ranchers and industrialists alike. In his personal field journal from the fall of 1907, chief naturalist Vernon Bailey notes, "The development of this immense valley of rich agricultural land is going to bring up a lot of problems in useful and injurious species of mammals to be destroyed or protected. A little bulletin on the species, their habits, etc for these valleys would be timely now." Join our digital volunteers in transcribing Bailey's daily record of this expedition.


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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, 1886 - 1887

Would you be able to recognize a Kakapo, or owl parrot, in New Zealand or a Blakiston’s fish owl in Japan? Curator Robert Ridgway recorded the findings of new species of birds that were added to the Department of Birds collections at the United States Natural Museum as part of his report for 1886-1887. Please join us in transcribing Ridgway’s report and learn more about the new species that were added to an impressive collection of birds from around the world.


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USNM Curators Annual Reports - Department of Birds, January - June 1886

Almost a century before the United States passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973, Robert Ridgway was concerned about one of a kind species. Beyond the captivating coral reefs and rainforests, there are endangered species of birds found only on Madagascar. In 1886, Ridgway noted that the Madagascar bird collection at the United States National Museum was one of its Department of Birds' most important collections. Please join us in transcribing Ridgway’s report and explore how a collection comes together with contributions from various people, organizations, and locations.


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Western Union Telegraph Expedition - Reports of Richard J. Bush, May - August 1866, May 1867, November 1866, and July 1867

Is it possible to connect two continents by a telegraph line through Bering Strait? Richard J. Bush thought it was possible even though he encountered challenges such as a sinking ship, shortage of supplies, annoying mosquitoes, hungry dogs, etc. After three years of military service in the Carolinas, Bush and two other men accepted a mission to explore Siberia under the leadership of Russian Major Serge Abasa. Learn more about Bush’s exploration by transcribing his reports that led to the publication of "Reindeer, Dogs and Snowshoes: A Journal of Siberian Travel and Explorations".