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What were you passionate about when you were twelve? Alexander Wetmore's first field journal captured his observations of pelicans during a vacation in Florida. He was eight years old. By 1898, his passion for the study of birds had only grown. Young "Aleck" Wetmore used the wildlife around his home of North Freedom, Wisconsin, to sharpen his observation skills. He would go on be a leader in the field of ornithology and avian paleontology as well as sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian. Please join us and fellow volunteers to transcribe his 1898 field journal, recorded when he was twelve.
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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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Ola! We are calling on our Transcription Center volunteers who can read Portuguese to pitch in on this exciting field book! In 1971, a new genus of grasses, Calderonella, was found and named in honor of Argentina-born botanist Cleofe Calderon, who made this discovery--one find in a lifetime's worth of biological field work. Calderon named 18 new species of grasses, and re-discovered a species of bamboo called Anomochloa that hadn't been seen in over 90 years. Her work is still being used to help researchers understand grass evolution today. Help make Calderon's work more accessible for present-day biologists and botanists by transcribing her field notes!
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Have you ever heard of Dyar's Law? The now-standard biological rule measures the development of moths and butterflies and is named after National Museum of Natural History entomologist Harrison G. Dyar. Before there could be Dyar's Law, however, there first had to be Dyar's field work! This set of notes details Dyar's work in 1890-95 through New York, and includes specimen numbers, dates, and other collecting observations. Explore the beginnings of Dyar's Law and help other volunteers transcribe this important scientific text.
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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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Since the Institution’s very beginnings, research has been at the heart of the Smithsonian’s mission to bring about the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Increasing the “intellectual standing” of the Smithsonian was on the mind of the Board of Regents in 1970. Learn about this goal and its challenges in the minutes from the regents’ meeting and help transcribe the report for future researchers!
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What was the funding landscape like for the Smithsonian—and other museums and educational non-profit institutions—in 1970? Get a look into the inner workings of the Smithsonian’s operations in this set of minutes from the May 1970 Board of Regents meeting. Then, join other volunteers in transcribing!
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Funding for what would become the National Air and Space Museum was approved in 1971 and ground was broken on the National Mall a year later. What was the process like leading up to the building process? Get the story behind the National Air and Space Museum building with this set of minutes from the October 1970 Board of Regents meeting. Join other digital volunteers in transcribing this unique look into Smithsonian history!
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The Smithsonian’s mission has been, since its beginnings, the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” One of the ways this goal is accomplished is through innovative research—a focus that has been at the Smithsonian’s core for over a century. What type of “original research” was the Department of Aboriginal Pottery working on in 1886-87? Find out with this annual curator’s report and join in on transcribing it.
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California is an area rich in biodiversity--with multiple climate zones and thousands of plant species native to the state alone. What kind of wildlife might be found there more than 100 years ago? Travel California with naturalist Vernon Bailey's 1907 field notes. Bailey, who spent decades as the Chief Field Naturalist for the Bureau of Biological Survey, conducted research on the state's plant and animal life in Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, and San Bernardino. Explore Bailey's notes and help transcribe them for generations of future scientists!