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Bird Head Drawings, Box 26

If you are interested in bird-watching, you will appreciate the work ornithologists have put in to creating systematic standards for naming species, colors and defining color nomenclature. These drawings from ornithologist Robert Ridgway's personal papers are part of his pioneering work in that effort at the turn of the twentieth century. His color studies and systematic approach for naming species has influenced zoology both in North America and internationally. Help us transcribe this box of drawings using the special instructions under READ MORE.

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Bird Head Drawings, Box 27

If you are interested in bird-watching, you will appreciate the work ornithologists have put in to creating systematic standards for naming species, colors and defining color nomenclature. These drawings from ornithologist Robert Ridgway's personal papers are part of his pioneering work in that effort at the turn of the twentieth century. His color studies and systematic approach for naming species has influenced zoology both in North America and internationally. Help us transcribe this box of drawings using the special instructions under READ MORE.

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Bohumil Shimek - Diary, European trip, 1914 (1 of 2)

** 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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Joseph Henry’s Record of Experiments

Already well known by the 1830's for his scientific vision and passion to see scientific discipline increase in America, Joseph Henry (1797-1878) was to become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. A physicist and scientific pioneer, Henry kept this handwritten record of his research in this 3 volumes, begun during the last half of the 1830's while a professor of natural philosophy at the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. Filling three volumes, his Record of Experiments spans almost three decades of work in electromagnetism, light, telegraphy and a number of other scientific topics. Help us transcribe this Record of Experiments of an American scientist who pursued knowledge for over four decades and worked to shape and guide the Institution, furthering its intellectual reach and diffusion of knowledge.

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Negative Log Book Number 9, (77-1 to 77-13865)

Join other digital volunteers unlocking the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of 1977 photographs and help recover forgotten photography from our endlessly fascinating past! The Smithsonian Institution has used photography to document artifacts, events, and exhibits for virtually its entire history. The body of work began in 1869 when Thomas William Smillie started the valuable photographic catalog. In 1971, the Smithsonian Photographic Services (SPS) was established, continuing the legacy of a century’s worth of photography. Its photographers brought the camera's power to the Smithsonian's unique set of museums, archives and research centers. Their handwritten record, captured in the “green logbooks,” documents about 3 million photographic negatives. Help us unlock the only “key” to these photographic collections.

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Saltator (birds) at Frijoles and Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1962

How would you go about organizing your observations of animal life in a region with a great amount of biodiversity? While working in Central America, Martin Moynihan often kept several field logs going at the same time to keep his observations of different species separate. These field notes document his behavioral observations of songbirds (genus Saltator), at Frijoles and Barro Colorado Island, Panama, March 16, 1958 - June 6, 1962. Help us transcribe his detailed notes and a typed report and learn about these songbirds behavior in different situations.

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Smithsonian Photographic Services Negative Log Books

These transcription projects need your review.   Our only “key” to understanding an estimated 3 million photographs in these collections lies in the photographer's handwritten negative logbooks. Other digital volunteers have transcribed them. Now we need them to be reviewed, something any registered volunteer can do. The Negative Log Books have special instructions which reviewers should become familiar with before starting. Thanks for all your efforts!

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Stejneger - Diary from Bering Island, 8/31-9/8, 1908

How might you handle seeing large-scale harvesting of animals you had spent a decade watching and learning about? Norwegian Leonhard Stejneger (1851-1943) came to the United States to work on the birds of the New World. As his scientific career progressed, he also became such an authority on fur seals of the North Pacific Ocean that President Grover Cleveland appointed him to the International Fur Seal Commission in 1896. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe this diary of his daily experiences while on the Bering Island during the late summer of 1908 and read Stejneger's reflections, including ones on the massive killing of fur seals.