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Please join us to transcribe the labels of specimens to gain valuable data for understanding how the world around us has changed over time. Bumblebees are found in the Bombus genus (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and are very important pollinators. They are social insects that feed on nectar and collect pollen to feed their young. We have 5,285 bombus specimens and labels remaining to transcribe and review; this is one of 21 remaining historical sets from the United States Entomological Collection. Learn how to transcribe this project and get started now. **NOTE:** This set contains bees collected in China, Japan, and Scotland - some of these place names may have changed. You can consult these lists of updated names when transcribing bees collected in China by David Crockett Graham and bees gathered by Arthur Stelfox in Scotland and Ireland. Transcribe as much as you can, checking with Geonames.org for locality information, and leave notes explaining your decisions. Please do not delete the notes left by other volunteers; this information is very important for staff. The digitization of this project has been made possible with the generous support of Pixel Acuity, LLC. Please contact Jessica Bird, Department of Entomology, for any questions or comments about the transcriptions and thanks to all of you for your help.
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What does it take to change the way a whole country understands and interacts with its wildlife? One of many committed naturalists determined to see American biodiversity documented, understood and maintained was Ira Gabrielson (1889-1977). After three years of being a school teacher, Gabrielson joined the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1915. He kept a diary more or less daily, and his entries contain a wide range of information about the specimens and the people he worked with in a variety of settings. In the four years that this volume covers, Gabrielson was often traveling and publishing his first book "Western American Alpines" (1932). Join us in transcribing this diary from a man who would go on to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to help organize the World Wildlife Fund.
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In New Mexico, national banks in cities like Sante Fe were able to issue currency after certification by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The practice continued from the 19th and into the 20th centuries, allowing the BEP to ensure accuracy in intaglio printing plates before they were 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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In places like Montclair, New Jersey, national banks were able to issue currency after certification by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The practice continued from the 19th and into the 20th centuries, allowing the BEP to ensure accuracy in intaglio printing plates before they were 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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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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Take a trip through Ireland at the end of the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) with naturalist and architect Arthur Wilson Stelfox. Stelfox, Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, began this set of field notes in May 1921, and documents his specimen collection work through May 1926. In addition to his observations on the weather ("a wettish, dull day!"), Stelfox?s field book includes data about specimens including insects to bats. Help us transcribe these specimen notes! Want to dive even deeper into an entomology project? We also encourage you to check out a Bumblebee Project!
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In 1896, the first Smithsonian's first photographer Thomas Smilie began to document the work of the Institution. In the 1970's, the Smithsonian Photographic Services was formed as the latest group to continue his work. This corps of photographers logged their work in a series of handwritten logbooks. Help us unlock the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of photographs taken between 1992 and 1994 to recover information from our endlessly fascinating visual past!
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Have you dreamed of leaving your job to pursue your real passions full time? Dr. James Graham Cooper wrestled with the same problem after only two years of practicing medicine back in the early 1850's. He longed to return to the study of nature and its impact on human welfare. With the encouragement of the Smithsonian's Spencer Fullerton Baird, Cooper used his skills as a physician to join the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey in Washington state as a physician-naturalist from 1853 to late 1855. This kicked off a ten-year career as a pioneering naturalist. He made the leap. Join other digital volunteers and scholars to transcribe his journal of daily details and specimen notes from this expedition.
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Over a century ago, physician-naturalist James Graham Cooper (1830-1902) was immersed in nature studies along the Pacific coast of North America and beginning to formulate new ideas about the interrelationships between forests and climate. In the 1850's railroad companies were surveying new lands for transcontinental routes. Cooper joined the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey in 1853. Two years later he began is journey home from Washington state to the East Coast by way of Panama. Please help us transcribe his journal of observations noted during his return trip to make them more accessible to future researchers.
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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. **NOTE** Please detail what " [ditto] represents as [[ditto for]]. Do not delete notes left by other volunteers; if you make an adjustment, please add a note explaining your edits. Thank you!