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Slavery Documents, 1710-1865

We have been taught about slavery in American history classes, but rarely in detail as these records demonstrate. As you help transcribe these slavery-based legal documents, you will read first-hand accounts of the business aspect of the slave trade.

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The Bumblebee Project - SET 52

Please help us create digital records for the United States National Entomological Collection! We will be transcribing the labels of specimens of bumblebees. Bumblebees are found in the Bombus genus (Hymenoptera: Apidae). They are social insects that feed on nectar and collect pollen to feed their young. Bumblebees are very important pollinators! Learn how to transcribe this project and get started. The digitization of this project has been made possible with the generous support of Pixel Acuity, LLC. Please contact Jessica Bird (birdj@si.edu), Department of Entomology, for any questions or comments about the transcriptions and thanks to all of you for your help!

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Negative Log Book Number 14, (82-532 to 83-3726)

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! Capturing this aspect of the Smithsonian 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. Join our digital volunteers and unlock the only “key” to these photographic collections.

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Britton Diary, 1919 June-Aug

Help us make James Britton’s handwritten diaries more accessible to readers and researchers. James Britton (1878–1936) was a portrait painter, art critic, and editor. His papers include 49 diaries dating from 1918-1935, plus notebooks of diary excerpts, that chronicle Britton's daily activities and include lists, illustrations, and drafts of correspondence.

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Cleofé Calderon - Brasil 1972, 2

Not all bamboo is alike. In the second half of the 20th century, new genera and species of the grass subfamily Bambusoideae were being described as a result of explorations in Central and South America. Among the most prolific researchers collecting and describing new species of bamboo were Cleofé E. Calderon (1929-2007) and her colleague Thomas R. Soderstrom (1936-1987). All of their research was conducted with the National Museum of Natural History, and their collaboration produced scores of papers in botanical journals. This field book contains a list of botanical specimens, mainly bamboo, collected by Dr. Calderon from 26 April to 13 May 1972 in Brazil with notes from Panama the previous year. Help us transcribe these field notes documenting taxonomic names of specimens, soil samples, temperatures, and photo records and learn more about her work in the Brazilian fall of 1972.

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Journal of Richard E. Blackwelder, West Indies, vol. 6

Richard Blackwelder, an entomologist from Stanford University, received a scholarship from 1935 to 1938 to conduct scientific studies outside of the United States. During this time, he collected and studied insects in the West Indies, especially beetles. Volume 6 of Blackwelder's field notes pick up exactly where Volume 5 left off on 27 October 1936. Having moved on from Saint Kitts to Saint Croix, another island in the Carribbean Sea, Blackwelder continued to study insects there, especially beetles. He includes careful description of his surrounding environment, elevations, weather information, abundance and how his specimens were obtained. Join us in transcribing this field book and making it more accessible to today's scientists and researchers. Difficulty: low.

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E. Howard Clock Orders Ledger Volume 13

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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Certified Proofs of Minnesota (Box 4)

Across Minnesota, in cities like Ellsworth, banks issued currency after certification by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. These proofs allowed the BEP to ensure accuracy in intaglio printing plates before currency was printed. Learn how to transcribe this project here. Together, we'll create records for each proof sheet and expand the rich data in our collections.

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Euphoric for Euphorbia Set 4!

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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Euphoric for Euphorbia Set 2!

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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