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Harry Ladd - Diary and field notes, 1934 - Vol. 1

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in the South Pacific? Maybe you already know from firsthand experience. Midwesterner Harry Stephen Ladd has seen the fossilized coral reef in Iowa, sparking his interest in marine life. He sought out William Healey Dall who had done extensive work in the North Pacific as well as others. His intense interest in reef formations drew him to the Fiji archipelago and the South Pacific where his work in paleoecology began to take form. Join us in transcribing this diary of his field observations while in Fiji, written in the form of letters to a colleague named Edward.

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G. Arthur Cooper - Field notes, 1964

Welcome to Fossil Mountain! In 1964, at the southern end of the Confusion Range in the western Utah desert, invertebrate paleontologist G. Arthur Cooper was conducting field work examining the fossil content and distribution in the different geological strati that were exposed there and in other areas nearby. Join us in transcribing Cooper's field notes from his brief time there in late summer 1965.

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"Caution - If taken more than a few pages at a time this book is absolutely DEADLY!" So writes Harry Ladd on the inside cover of this second volume of his diary and field notes from his work in Fiji in 1934. What could he have possibly meant? Help us work out this mystery together with other digital volunteers transcribing paleontologist Ladd's personal notes.

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Bailey - Field notes, Maryland and California, 1899

Can you imagine sending birds and mammals off to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)? That is exactly what 21 year old Vernon Bailey did in 1885. The USDA had just formed a Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammology with C. Hart Merriam as its head. Not long after, Bailey was employed there and would go on to become Chief Field Naturalist some years later. These field notes document his work in Maryland in the spring of 1899, and in California later that year. Join us to help transcribe his field notes. Bailey's handwriting is not the best, and the scientific names can be a challenge but our other volunteers are always eager to help.

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Local field note-book of Lester Ward

What do a Civil War veteran, a paleontologist and a pioneer in American sociology have in common? Lester Ward (1841-1913). He was all three over the course of his life. We hope you will help us transcribe this personal journal detailing his field work while working in Virginia and the District of Columbia with the United States Geological Survey in 1892 and 1893.

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Dove Diaries, 1938-9

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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Leo Baekeland Diary Volume 29, 1920

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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Stillingia and Mabea

Join us in transcribing the Euphorbiaceae, or Spurge, family, an extensive flowering family. In this group, we find plants from the genera Stillingia and Mabea, genera native to the New World, mostly in Central and South America.

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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G. Arthur Cooper - Field notes, 1966

When many of paleontologist G. Arthur Cooper's field notes cover two week periods, what would prompt him to spend a whole month in the Midwest? Was it the brachiopoda or perhaps the fossilized coral he found in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri? Please help us transcribe this 1966 set of field notes from his work in a variety of quarries and Holts Summit, overlooking the Missouri River.

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The Bumblebee Project - SET 68

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 (, Department of Entomology, for any questions or comments about the transcriptions and thanks to all of you for your help!