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At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women computers studied glass plate photographs of the night sky. Here they catalogued stars, identifying variables, interpreting stellar spectra, counting galaxies, and measuring the vast distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. In these books, follow the work of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who connected the luminosity and periodicity of certain variable stars such that we were able to understand just how big our universe is. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest.
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Addison Scurlock and his sons spent much of the twentieth century photographing leaders, luminaries, and local Washingtonians. From the original Scurlock Studio on U Street to the Custom Craft Studio and the Capitol School of Photography, the Scurlocks' imagery was viewed and shared by thousands of people. Help the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History make this collection more accessible by transcribing these ledgers which include client numbers and names arranged in broadly alphabetic order.
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In 1871, Congress approved the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, an "international exhibition of arts, manufactures, and products of the soil and mine" to celebrate 100 years of American independence. Spencer F. Baird, then Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian, was appointed as the Smithsonian's representative on a Board of Executive Departments to prepare a collective exhibition for the event that would demonstrate the nature, breadth and ability of the government's institutions to adapt the wants of its citizens. Baird was directly in charge of the Smithsonian and the U.S. Fish Commission exhibits. Please join us in transcribing Baird's correspondence relating to the Centennial Exhibition to facilitate greater online access to this collection.
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This second segment of Dr. Waldo Schmitt's miscellaneous field notes continues his diary-like recording of observations, the work of the the expedition team and a variety of details that he thought would need to be addressed if a biological research station on the islands were to become a reality. Join us in transcribing the draft plans, proposals, and related details in this second part of Dr. Schmitt's notes. This project is a part of our “Travel to the Tropics” campaign. As you’re transcribing Schmitt’s work, if you come across names of people with whom Waldo had professional or personal relationships (e.g. fellow scientist, staff on an expedition, friend), it would help us to make better authority records for him if you could kindly add those names to this spreadsheet. If you like, share what you find on Twitter tagging #WhosWithWaldo.
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“The most interesting and valuable collection ever acquired by the museum,” is what Curator Robert Ridgway of the Smithsonian U.S. National Museum’s Department of Birds called it. Just what is he referring to, and why so much hype? Between 1888 and 1889, the department acquired thousands of specimens, they came from as close as Washington, D.C., and as far as Korea. In this annual report each and every accession is fully detailed and waiting to be uncovered by you. Don’t forget to say hello to your fellow #Volunpeers while you are at it!
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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.