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Negative Log Book Number 9, (77-1 to 77-13865)

Join other digital volunteers unlocking the Smithsonian's visual history by transcribing this log of 1977 photographs and help recover forgotten photography from our endlessly fascinating past! The Smithsonian Institution has used photography to document artifacts, events, and exhibits for virtually its entire history. The body of work 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. Help us unlock the only “key” to these photographic collections.

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Bird Head Drawings, Box 26

If you are interested in bird-watching, you will appreciate the work ornithologists have put in to creating systematic standards for naming species, colors and defining color nomenclature. These drawings from ornithologist Robert Ridgway's personal papers are part of his pioneering work in that effort at the turn of the twentieth century. His color studies and systematic approach for naming species has influenced zoology both in North America and internationally. Help us transcribe this box of drawings using the special instructions under READ MORE.

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Do the Macaranga

Well, actually, this is the Macaranga, not the Macarena, but just as worth dancing for. The Macaranga and close relatives are often used symbiotically with ants and other insects.

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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Certified Proofs of Maryland Box 4

In Maryland, cities including Baltimore issued currency from national banks 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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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics DASCH project- Logbook MF #22

Before iPhones and laptops there were human computers, some of whom worked at the Harvard College Observatory. Women like Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Williamina Fleming, and Annie Jump Cannon made some of the most important discoveries in astronomy in the early 20th century. Their work was even featured in the TV series Cosmos, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now, Harvard is seeking your help to transcribe the logbooks that record the century-long observations behind (and beyond) their discoveries. Learn how to transcribe this project and get started now.

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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics DASCH project- Logbook MF #21

Before iPhones and laptops there were human computers, some of whom worked at the Harvard College Observatory. Women like Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Williamina Fleming, and Annie Jump Cannon made some of the most important discoveries in astronomy in the early 20th century. Their work was even featured in the TV series Cosmos, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Now, Harvard is seeking your help to transcribe the logbooks that record the century-long observations behind (and beyond) their discoveries. Learn how to transcribe this project and get started now.

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Certified Proofs of Massachusetts Box 15

In cities around Massachusetts, including Boston, currency was issued from national banks 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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THE BUMBLEBEE PROJECT - SET 45

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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Smithsonian Photographic Services Negative Log Books

These transcription projects need your review.   Our only “key” to understanding an estimated 3 million photographs in these collections lies in the photographer's handwritten negative logbooks. Other digital volunteers have transcribed them. Now we need them to be reviewed, something any registered volunteer can do. The Negative Log Books have special instructions which reviewers should become familiar with before starting. Thanks for all your efforts!

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THE BUMBLEBEE PROJECT - SET 44

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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