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Western Union Telegraph Expedition - Charles S. Bulkley

If you had a chance to invest in a company on the verge of establishing a global communications monopoly, would you? The Western Union Telegraph Company saw an opportunity in the early 1860's to expand its hold on the telegraph market by connecting its telegraph lines with eastern Russian and Europe. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln approved the reassignment of a U. S. Navy steamship to the expedition, granted right of way between San Francisco and the northern border with Canada as the first part of the telegraph corridor and former superintendent of military telegraph U. S. Colonel Charles S. Bulkley for the Union Army led the expedition. Please join in this project to make this collection of Expedition materials more accessible to today's researchers and the general public.

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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, General Correspondence: Sandoz, Marc, 1962

Letters with art historians and art critics from the General Correspondence subseries of the Jacques Seligmann & Co. records. The Jacques Seligmann & Co. records in the Archives of American Art are among the world's foremost resources for provenance research. The collection documents the business dealings of international art galleries which were active for nearly a century, and contains invaluable information for tracing the provenance of works of art which passed through the Jacques Seligmann & Company holdings.

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Martin H. Moynihan - Ring-billed Gulls, Pelican Island-Doglake, Manitoba, Canada, 1954-55

Ring-billed gulls—one of the most common species in North America—often nest near the Canadian coasts. But where do these birds travel in colder weather? Track the migration of the ring-billed gulls of Canada with Martin H. Moynihan’s 1954-55 field notes. Moynihan, a biologist and ornithologist, was founding director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, join in on transcribing Moynihan’s field notes!

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Other Fascinating Euphorb Genera Set 17

Join us in transcribing the Euphorbiaceae, or Spurge family, an extensive flowering family. In this group, we find plants from the genus Euphorbia.

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

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STRI Pollen Cards (Set 41)

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology invites you to help transcribe specimen cards for the pollen collection. Each of these cards corresponds to a pollen grain on a microscope slide; the data on the cards are invaluable to researchers. Learn how to transcribe these cards with these instructions. Thank you for your help in transcribing them.

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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, General Correspondence: Sandoz, Marc, 1967-1974

Letters with art historians and art critics from the General Correspondence subseries of the Jacques Seligmann & Co. records. The Jacques Seligmann & Co. records in the Archives of American Art are among the world's foremost resources for provenance research. The collection documents the business dealings of international art galleries which were active for nearly a century, and contains invaluable information for tracing the provenance of works of art which passed through the Jacques Seligmann & Company holdings.

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Joseph D. Mountain - Report of Aerial Reconnaissance, Saudi Arabia, 1936-1937

This collection follows Joseph Mountain's aviation career as a U.S. Air Service pilot, aerial surveyor, photographer, and writer. It includes photographic negatives and prints, diaries and flight log books, reports, and maps. Mountain's photographs from his service in Saudi Arabia, taken not long before the great oil discoveries at Dammam in 1938, capture the desert kingdom at the very edge of the tremendous changes that the oil economy brought to the Gulf. Mountain also extensively photographed members of the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC) team at work and interacting with their Saudi workers and acquaintances. Help us transcribe his documents and images which are a fascinating record of traditional Saudi Arabian life, crafts, and architecture. Highlights include portraits of dancers at Eid al-Fitr celebrations, market scenes in Hufuf and the Old Town of Al Jubail, camel caravans, Saudi hunters with their hawks, and pearl fishermen and their dhows.

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Project PHaEDRA - Annie Jump Cannon 15

At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women computers studied glass plate photographs of the night sky. Here they catalogued stars, identifying variables, interpreting stellar spectra, counting galaxies, and measuring the vast distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. In these books, follow the work of Annie Jump Cannon, who in 1901 devised a robust and elegant stellar classification scheme that astronomers still use today. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest.

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The Connecticut Courant, Vol. LXXXVII, No. 4461

This copy of The Connecticut Courant from July 20, 1850 features an advertisement for Augustus Washington’s Daguerrean Gallery in Hartford. Augustus Washington was an African American daguerreotypist in the 1800s and is one of the few with a documented career. He learned how to make daguerreotypes in order to pay for college and he ended up teaching the technique and opening his own studio. Washington eventually moved to Liberia and became a sugarcane grower and a politician. Help us transcribe this issue of the newspaper and learn from Washington’s ad what to wear to get your best picture in the 1800s.

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Project PHaEDRA - Cecilia H. Payne #2

At Harvard College Observatory (now the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), women computers studied glass plate photographs of the night sky. Here they catalogued stars, identifying variables, interpreting stellar spectra, counting galaxies, and measuring the vast distances in space. Several of them made game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. In these books, follow the early work of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who discovered that stars, and the whole universe, were made abundantly of hydrogen -- a discovery that earned her the first PhD in Astronomy from Harvard. Interested in historical women? Love astronomy? Help us transcribe the work of the Harvard Observatory's women computers and see which stars shine the brightest. View the special instructions for this project.

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