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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1977, 1

Field notes or movie set? In these notes by Cleofé Calderón, the agrostologist not only details the specimens she collected, but she also paints a lovely scene of her surroundings. In 1977, Calderón explored grasses near the the Pico das Almas in Bahia, Brazil, where she describes bamboo growing near the edge of the Rio de Contas. Through her meticulous note taking, transcribers will be able to picture the vibrant reds and yellows of the scene. Join a group of volunpeers in helping make Calderón’s scientific contributions and legacy even more available to researchers. One quick note: Calderón’s handwriting is part of this challenge, but you can see how past volunpeers have tackled her handwriting in previous projects.


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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1978

Cleofé Calderón’s organizational skills are shining again in this field book from her trip to Brazil in 1978. Like in many of her notes, she organizes the specimens she collected by name and number, and even often the dates she collected them. One thousand of these collections, mostly bamboos, made their ways to the U.S. National Herbarium during her career. One of Calderón’s most significant discoveries was actually the rediscovery of the Anomochloa, a tropical forest grass, in 1976. Overall, her collections have been such an important contribution to grass systematics not only for the quality of specimens she collected, but also for her close attention to detail. Aid us in transcribing Calderón 's work to make the high quality of her research well known to a wider audience. Fair warning, Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, but you can revisit past transcription projects to examine how volunpeers have tackled her work.


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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, 0

Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to make ends "meat" doing the research you love. Fortunately, Cleofé Calderón had professional training as a chef and was a skilled cook. After an extended trip to Brazil in 1979, Calderón moved to another office in the U.S. National Herbarium and turned to catering for a short period of time in order to support herself. Apparently, her skills were well known throughout the herbarium, as attendance spiked at the Friday afternoon tea times when it was Calderón’s turn to bring refreshments. This transcription project is just one field book of notes from her long 1979 trip to Brazil. Help the Archives make Calderón’s important research accessible to a wider audience by transcribing this project. Though Calderón’s handwriting can be challenging to read, you can view how volunpeers have transcribed her previous projects.


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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, Amazonia #1

During her lifetime, agrostologist Cleofé Calderón was a teacher and mentor, and proved she deserved a seat at the table. As early as 1966, around the same time Calderón began collecting for the Smithsonian, she assisted Dr. Richard W. Pohl in teaching a course on agrostology at the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. In 1981, she once again proved herself, but this time at the last minute. Her colleague, Dr. Thomas R. Soderstrom, at the U.S. National Herbarium was too ill to travel to Colombia for a workshop and Calderón stepped in to fill his place. Her leadership at the bamboo symposium was so successful and popular that she was asked to organize another workshop the following year in Ecuador. But she also shared her expertise in less formal settings as a mentor to many aspiring students. Help transcribe these field notes, which will allow Calderón's legacy and teachings to live on for researchers today. Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, so feel free to see how volunpeers have transcribed her work.


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Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1979, Amazonia #3

The sheer number of specimens agrostologist Cleofé Calderón collected for the Smithsonian, evidenced in this 1979 notebook, make it hard to believe that in just a few years, Calderón completely retired from botany. She remained in Washington after stepping away from the U.S. National Herbarium in 1985, but rarely returned to the Smithsonian, especially after her longtime professional partner Dr. Tom Soderstrom passed away in 1987. After breaking from the field, Calderón worked at a bibliographic service before retiring and returning to Argentina in 2005. Just two years later, she passed away. Your assistance in transcribing this project will ensure that Cleofé Calderón’s important work will not be forgotten. Calderón's handwriting can be a little difficult to read, so feel free to see how volunpeers have transcribed her work.


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Devra Kleiman - Brazil field notes, January 1983, November 1983

Smithsonian’s National Zoo conservation biologist Dr. Devra Kleiman was successful in protecting Brazil's golden lion tamarin, but it was certainly not easy. Along the way, she faced many obstacles, some examples of which are listed in this notebook during her time in Brazil in 1983. In November that year, she wrote down her frustrations in trying to negotiate with representatives from the Instituto Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento Florestal about how her team needed to process the golden lion tamarins. On one page she wrote that her Brazilian colleague was playing the "classic avoidance game." On another page, Kleiman recalled how the man "backtracked" when he explained that an employee who he had asked to help was "always too busy to do the work." Assist us and a group of volunpeers in not only revealing the frustrations of the work, but also how the golden lion tamarins were processed in this successful conservation program.


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Devra Kleiman - Brazil notebook, 1975-1982

This notebook, from Smithsonian’s National Zoo conservation biologist Dr. Devra Kleiman's trips to Brazil from 1975 to 1982, digs a little deeper into all the people behind the successful golden lion tamarin conservation program. On these trips, Kleiman visited and met with representatives from the Instituto Butantan, Parque Zoológico de São Paulo, Poço das Antas Biological Reserve, and Tijuca National Park. Read about her observations in this journal-like notebook about her day to day interactions with staff, and often entertaining commentary. Help transcribe this notebook to get a fuller picture about how much coordinating and research happened to make the conservation program so successful.


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Devra Kleiman - Colonel notebook (infant golden lion tamarin), 1977

This is definitely going to be the most adorable transcription field note project of the 2019 Her Natural History campaign. One of conservation biologist Dr. Devra Kleiman's biggest professional accomplishments was reintroducing the endangered golden lion tamarin into the wild. From July 1977 to November 1978, Kleiman recorded observations of a new born golden lion tamarin. The notes include instances when the infant hiccupped, sneezed, ate, and more. She describes one night how the baby curled up into a fetal position and slept in her hand. We really just can't get enough of this journal! Assist us in joining a team of volunpeers to help transcribe the observations Kleiman made in the pursuit of saving this endangered species.


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Devra Kleiman - Data protocols notebook, 1984

What is it like to work as a conservation biologist at a large zoo? Dr. Devra Kleiman's 1984 notes about protocols give us good insight into her everyday routines and administrative tasks. She records how long one should observe an animal and how their behaviors should be coded. According to Kleiman's protocols, observers should record the animal's body orientation, activity (whether locomotive or inactive), location, and the ways in which they eat. Other interesting codes include those for how animals interacted with each other. For instance, if they fought, the recorder should write "F." Help us in transcribing Kleiman's notes to better understand her success in protecting the Smithsonian National Zoo's inhabitants.


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Devra Kleiman - Peruvian Amazon field notes, January 2005

We're headed to Peru with Smithsonian's National Zoo conservation biologist's Dr. Devra Kleiman! In 2005, Kleiman recorded her trip and pretty much every animal she saw on various hikes and boat rides on the Amazon. Her notes include observations of green iguanas and gray dolphins, and of laughing falcons and marine toads. In case you're confused about her timeline or whereabouts, the field book includes maps and graphs, as well as a handwritten itinerary of her travels. Kleiman also records the times of many of her activities, so transcribers will get a good sense of what her trip was like. Assist us in making Kleiman's notes available for future researchers, so that they may highlight her important work with animals, especially endangered species.