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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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Wiener Farbenkabinet - Manual on Preparation of Colors, 1794

One of only four known copies in the United States, this early manual on the preparation of colors contains 2,592 hand-colored natural dye specimens, along with details on how to apply them to silk, cotton, wool, leather, wood, bone, paper, and many other materials. Published in 1794 by Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schönfeld, this manual reveals an extraordinary system of calibrated, named and numerated colors. This multi-volume guidebook is a valuable resource for conservators and anyone interested in color materials, techniques and applications. Printed in German Blackletter typeface Fraktur dating to the early sixteenth century, it is not machine-readable and requires transcription. A key provided in the page linked here will assist transcribers in identifying the appropriate Roman alphabet letters. To explore the fully digitized collection, visit here. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries digitally sponsored this book. To find out more information about this book and many others please visit the Smithsonian Institute Research Information System.