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Arthur W. Stelfox - Diary 1: Hymenoptera

Take a trip through Ireland at the end of the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) with naturalist and architect Arthur Wilson Stelfox. Stelfox, Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, began this set of field notes in May 1921, and documents his specimen collection work through May 1926. In addition to his observations on the weather ("a wettish, dull day!"), Stelfox's field book includes data about specimens including insects to bats. Help us transcribe these specimen notes! Want to dive even deeper into an entomology project? We also encourage you to check out a Bumblebee Project!

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Arthur W. Stelfox - Vol. 2, daily lists

Looking to learn more about insects after working on transcriptions for the Bumblebee Project? Get a new perspective on biology research from this fascinating Arthur Wilson Stelfox field book documenting his work collecting insects (primarily hymenoptera, which include species like wasps, bees, and ants.) This work took the Irish-native and Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, across his home country. His notes, from March 1929 through April 1931, includes specimen data and environmental observations, as well as Stelfox's own thoughts about future collecting. Help us make this fascinating field book accessible to the public!

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Book no. 2, H.A. Allard, field collection specimen no. 1711-3420

This second volume of H. A. Allard's field book list of collected specimens includes numbers 1711-3420 collected in the course of his work in Virginia, and West Virginia from 1936-1937. His dated specimen entries include locality, scientific name, and notes regarding growing conditions. Many of the specimens were collected in the Bull Run Mountains, an area in Virginia's northern piedmont which is home to several forest and woodland community types, some of them rare botanical communities. Help us to transcribe Allard's specimen collecting notes and make them more accessible to researchers and scholars.

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Cleofe Calderon - Brazil, 1976

Did you know that there is a genus of grasses called Calderonella--and it was named for National Museum of Natural History botanist Cloefe Calderon? In her lifetime, Calderon named 18 new species of grasses, as well as re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. The core of her bamboo research took place in Brazil, as documented in her field notebook from 1976. Help us continue to make Calderon's work accessible to present-day scientists by transcribing her notebook and see the research leading up to her bamboo discovery!

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Frederick Coville - Field Notes, Oregon, 1898

If you were walking along the Pacific Coast Trail through Oregon, along Lake Merrill and Mount St. Helens, what type of terrain would you expect to find? In the years before Mount St. Helen's historic explosion, the mountain's geography ranged from lush to arid--a perfect place for a botanist, like Frederick Coville, to study. Coville's field notes document his travel through the Cascade Volcanic Arc during his time as Chief Botanist for the United States Department of Agriculture. Coville was also an honorary curator of the United States National Herbarium (part of the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History). Join other volunteers in transcribing Coville's field notes and explore the mountains of Oregon!

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J. G. Cooper - Journal, 1855-1856

Over a century ago, physician-naturalist James Graham Cooper (1830-1902) was immersed in nature studies along the Pacific coast of North America and beginning to formulate new ideas about the interrelationships between forests and climate. In the 1850's railroad companies were surveying new lands for transcontinental routes. Cooper joined the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey in 1853. Two years later he began is journey home from Washington state to the East Coast by way of Panama. Please help us transcribe his journal of observations noted during his return trip to make them more accessible to future researchers.

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Land and freshwater mollusca found in Great Britain and Ireland by Arthur Stelfox, 1911-1917

Could clams help create an environment where fossils can form? Fragments of hadrosaur eggshells were found in only two sites at Dinosaur Provincial Park of southern Alberta that contained large amounts of pisidiid (pea) clams and other species. Scientists think calcium carbonate released from the shells helped the fragile eggshells to fossilize. Irish naturalist Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972) was studying non-marine Mollusca in Great Britain and Ireland long before the findings in Canada. This journal contains his field notes from June 1911 to September 1917. Specimen lists includes comments about abundance, commonality, measurements, and water temperatures along with some photographs. Join us and help transcribe Stelfox's notes for easier access by today's paleontologists and scholars.

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Martin H. Moynihan - Field notes, Andean Birds, Colombia, 1962-65

Could you name a species of bird that makes its home in the Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the world? Explore the Andes mountains and its birds through Martin H. Moynihan's field book. Moynihan, an animal behaviorist and later Director and Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, took these notes in Colombia during 1962-65. His observations include elevations and weather conditions recorded as he traveled through the Andes, alongside descriptions of the birds he found (with some beautiful sketches!). Join other volunteers in transcribing Moynihan's field notes and experience a first-hand account of a trek through the Andes!

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Negative Log Book Number 21, (92-1 to 94-5200)

In 1896, the first Smithsonian's first photographer Thomas Smilie began to document the work of the Institution. In the 1970's, the Smithsonian Photographic Services was formed as the latest group to continue his work. This corps of photographers logged their work in a series of handwritten logbooks. Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1992 and 1994 to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past!

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Negative Log Book Number 22, (94-5201 to 95-8006)

Did you know that the Smithsonian first began using photographs to document its collections, events, and exhibits as far back as 1896? Centuries later, photographers have built on the work that the Smithsonian's first photographer, Thomas Smilie, began all those years ago. This corps of Smithsonian photographers has kept track of their work in handwritten logbooks, which includes information such as negative numbers, photograph subjects, museum departments, and dates. Help us uncover the fascinating visual past of the Smithsonian Institution by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1994-1995.