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Negative Log Book Number 13, (80-20261 to 82-531)

Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1980 and 1982 in order to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past! We need registered volunteers to help review these transcribed pages.

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Eike - Field notes, 1950 - 1953

James Eike kept detailed records of the birds he observed throughout his life, even up to the weeks before he died. This set of his notes captures what he saw and heard in the early 1950’s. Unlike his later notes, these are more descriptive including what he was doing and the types of songs and species behavior he observed. His work continues to be recognized by the Virginia Society of Ornithologists by the James Eike Service Award. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe this part of Eike’s many field notes.

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Volume 6 Home Journal Invention Notebook

Would you like to experience life as an early American inventor, or at least get as close as possible? Be the first to help us transcribe Charles Sumner Tainter’s Home Journals and see his amazing notes and drawings of his ideas for inventions.

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William D. Stone General Store Ledger Book, 1865-1867

Do you have an interest in U.S. History, the Civil War or life after the Civil War? Then this project is for you. Help us transcribe this very interesting document which details the daily business of a Civil War era dry goods store.

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Dove Diary, 1927

These are the diaries of Arthur and Helen Torr Dove. Arthur Garfield Dove was an early twentieth-century painter, collagist, and illustrator who was one of the first American artists to embrace abstraction in art. He was a part of Alfred Stieglitz's Circle of modern American artists introduced at Stieglitz's 291 Gallery along with John Marin and Georgia O'Keeffe. Dove spent his career developing his own idiosyncratic style of formal abstraction in painting based on his ideas about nature, feeling, and pure form, and characterized by experimentation with color, composition, and materials. Around 1920, Dove met an artist named Helen S. Torr, also known as Reds. She was a Philadelphia-born painter who had studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Torr and Dove eventually left their unhappy first marriages and began a life together, moving to a houseboat docked in Manhattan. In 1922, they moved to Halesite, Long Island, New York, where Dove's artwork once again flourished. By the mid-1920s, he was exhibiting regularly, paralleled by the rise of Stieglitz's new Intimate Gallery in 1925. His work continued to explore abstraction and organic forms, and, in addition to paintings, he produced assemblages made of found materials. Learn more about their life and work in the finding aid for the Arthur and Helen Torr Dove papers. Help us make these handwritten diaries more legible and searchable.

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E. Howard Clock Orders Ledger, New York office, Volume 14

Edward Howard established his Business, E. Howard Clock Company, as the premier American watch and clock producer during the last half of the 19th century. Help us to transcribe Howard’s business ledgers on his tower clock sales.

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Leo Baekeland Diary Volume 17, 1915

How did a scientist split time between social calls, "automobiling," and laboratory work at the beginning of the twentieth century? Help us transcribe Leo Baekeland's diaries to learn more about his daily activities and scientific work.

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Euphoric for Euphorbia Set 6!

Join us in transcribing the Euphorbiaceae, or Spurge, family, an extensive flowering family. In this group, we find plants from the genus Euphorbia, for which the family Euphorbiaceae was named. The botanical name Euphorbia derives from Euphorbos, the Greek physician of king Iuba (or Juba) II of Numidia (52–50 BC – 23 AD). Euphorbos wrote that one of the cactus-like Euphorbias was a powerful laxative.

Please contact Sylvia Orli, Department of Botany, or tweet us at @sylviaorli @TranscribeSI for any questions or comments about the transcriptions.

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Sapium, the "Milktrees" set 2

Join us in transcribing the Euphorbiaceae, or Spurge, family, an extensive flowering family. In this group, we find plants from the genus Sapium, a genus of flowering plants widespread across most of Latin America and the West Indies. They are commonly known as "milktrees".

Please contact Sylvia Orli, Department of Botany, or tweet us at @sylviaorli @TranscribeSI for any questions or comments about the transcriptions.

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Howler monkeys (Alouatta), Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1958-1960

Imagine waking each morning to the sounds of howler monkeys, the loudest animals in the New World. Their vocalizations can be heard over three miles away in a dense forestand they are one of many species that captured Martin Moynihan's attention as he studied the biodiversity of Central America. He takes pains to describe their vocalizations and other behavior. When you run across his unusual annotations, you can take a look at other completed Moynihan transcription projects. Come join digital volunteers to transcribe his carefully documented observations of howler monkeys in Panama.