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District of Columbia Field Offices, Supt. for Washington and Georgetown, Correspondence, Endorsements, Vol. 1 (80)

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Field Offices for the District of Columbia, Series 3.1: Subordinate Field Offices” Local Superintendent for Washington and Georgetown. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in the Washington, D.C. area during the Reconstruction Era.

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Martin H. Moynihan - Cephalopoda (Squid) 1971-1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1982 (3 of 3)

Capturing a decades worth of Martin H. Moynihan's (1928-1996) field observations of squid in the waters around Panama represents a remarkable effort. In this third and final set of notes, arranged chronologically, there are gaps where Moynihan may have been on other expeditions, tending to his administrative duties as head of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute or writing and delivering scientific papers. Despite his many responsibilities, Moynihan's observations are characteristically thorough. His narrative style makes it easy to imagine yourself with him, whether it is in the San Blas Islands facing the Caribbean Sea or in the Gulf of Panama. We invite you to dive in and team up with other volunteers who are making Moynihan's field notes more accessible to scientists and scholars!

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North Carolina Field Offices, Subordinate Field Offices: Edenton, Letters Sent, Vol. 85, July 1867-Nov. 1868

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Field Offices for the State of North Carolina, Series 4.6: Subordinate Field Offices: Edenton. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in North Carolina during the Reconstruction Era.

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104 Total Pages 28 Contributing Members

Project PHaEDRA - Henrietta Swan Leavitt #28

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 Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who connected the luminosity and periodicity of certain variable stars such that we were able to understand just how big our universe is. 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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129 Total Pages 47 Contributing Members

Fosberg - Collection and field note book no. 5, April 21, 1934 – September 3, 1938, 11000-15799

How does an island ecosystem work? The corps of scientists with the 1934 Mangarevan Expedition explored the Mangareva and Tuamoto Islands in the South Pacific. Botanist F. Raymond Fosberg (1908-1993) kept a record of his observations and the collections on the trip and afterwards. It is clear from the index in the front of Field Note Book No. 5 that his travels covered many other islands as well during that four year period. Join with us and other volunteers to transcribe Fosberg's field notes to make his findings more accessible to researchers and scientists!

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North Carolina Field Offices, Subordinate Field Offices: Edenton, Endorsements Sent and Received, Vol. 86, Aug. 1867–Oct. 1868

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Field Offices for the State of North Carolina, Series 4.6: Subordinate Field Offices: Edenton. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in North Carolina during the Reconstruction Era.

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203 Total Pages 21 Contributing Members

National Numismatic Collection - Chinese Bank Notes, Set 3

Ready for a new challenge volunpeers? Help us transcribe Chinese Bank Notes from the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection (NNC). 志愿者,准备好迎接新的挑战了吗?请帮助我们转录在史密斯国家钱币藏品系列中的中国银行钞据。 史密森尼国家钱币收藏集(NNC)是美国对货币和交易工具的收集。这个丰富的全球收藏集包含具有代表性的三千多年的人类历史珍贵藏品。成立于19世纪中,NNC最早的收藏来自日本,韩国和中国的文物,其中包括日本明治天皇赠送给美国总统尤利塞斯·格兰特的硬币和奖章,以及2025件东亚硬币、护身符和George Bunker Glover的私人收藏文物(1897年收到)。这些捐送物是NNC东亚藏品集的基础,随后又收购了2017年Howard F. Bowker系列。该收藏集继续增长。 在2017年至2018年期间,NNC将其8,000多份东亚硬币数字化,并提供在线公开访问为全球研究使用服务。 NNC现在正将明代至今的6000份中文笔记和纸质交易藏品数字化。数字化过程的主要挑战之一是将亚洲文字转录,音译和翻译。这对于NNC团队成员来说是十分困难的工作,无法有效地推进项目。为了继续快速分享这些藏品,我们需要您的帮助!在开始转录之前,请访问该项目的 特殊说明。 Established in the mid-19th century, several of the earliest additions to the NNC were artifacts from Japan, Korea, and China, including coins and medals gifted to President Ulysses S. Grant from Japanese Emperor Meiji (received in 1881) and the 2,025 East Asian coins, amulets, and notes from George Bunker Glover’s private collection (received in 1897). These donations were the foundation of the NNC’s East Asian holdings, which continues to grow with new acquisitions, such as the Howard F. Bowker collection in 2017. The NNC is now working to digitize 6,000 Chinese notes and paper transactional objects that range from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. One of the main challenges to the digitization process is transcription, transliteration and translation of several Asian alphabets. Sometimes this can be done quickly, but often the process is too lengthy for NNC team members to complete while moving the project forward efficiently. In order to continue to share these objects rapidly, we need your help! The transcription of these bank notes will help NNC staff figure out how best to make these objects available and more easily searchable online. Please visit the special instructions for this project before beginning transcription.

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53 Total Pages 29 Contributing Members

Sally K. Ride Papers - Ride's statement before House of Representatives, July 1987 on Report

Sally Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman to enter space. With undergraduate degrees in English and physics, she completed a master's and Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. In 1978, she was selected by NASA into the space program. Ride served as CapCom for Shuttle flights STS-2 and STS-3 before being the first American woman in space as a crew member on Space Shuttle Challenger for STS-7 on June 18, 1983. Ride was the first woman to use the Space Shuttle's robot arm and the first to use the arm to retrieve a satellite. Ride had a second flight in 1984, STS-41G and was scheduled for a third flight when the Challenger disaster occurred. She was then named to the Rogers Commission which investigated the accident, and after that investigation was completed, she was assigned to NASA headquarters in Washington DC where she authored the "NASA Leadership and America's Future in Space" report (commonly referred to as the Ride Report). In 1987, Ride left NASA to work at the Stanford University Center of International Security and Arms Control. In 1989, Ride became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Director of the California Space Institute. Ride led the public outreach efforts of the ISS EarthKam and GRAIL MoonKAM projects, in cooperation with UCSD and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which enabled middle school students to study imagery of the Earth and moon. In 2003 she served on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Sally cofounded, along with her partner Tam O'Shaughnessy, Sally Ride Science which created science programs and publications for students, with a particular focus on girls' education. Also with O'Shaughnessy, she co-wrote books on space aimed at encouraging children to study science. Ride received numerous awards, including, posthumously, the Medal of Freedom. Note: Please do not describe the images, photographs, or maps that appear in this project. We are only seeking transcriptions.

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134 Total Pages 50 Contributing Members

Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meeting held on May 8, 1995

In 2017, the Smithsonian announced its goal to reach one billion people every year with a digital-first strategy, but in May 1995, Smithsonian’s online presence was just beginning. In fact, on the same day as the spring 1995 Board of Regents meeting, leaders launched “The Electronic Smithsonian,” a central website that linked to the individual sites of Smithsonian’s museums and research centers. It included an overview section in English and Spanish, 3,000 images, and a “cyberspace exhibition.” Join a group of volunpeers in transcribing this project which covers Smithsonian’s plunge into the World Wide Web, the aftermath of recent controversies, plans for Smithsonian’s 150th anniversary celebration, and more.

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81 Total Pages 44 Contributing Members

District of Columbia Field Offices, Supt. for Washington and Georgetown, Correspondence, Letters Sent, Vol. 2 (78)

The Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, often referred to as the Freedmen’s Bureau, was established on March 3, 1865. The duties of the Freedmen’s Bureau included supervision of all affairs relating to refugees, freedmen, and the custody of abandoned lands and property. These documents come from the Records of the Field Offices for the District of Columbia, Series 3.1: Subordinate Field Offices” Local Superintendent for Washington and Georgetown. Please help us transcribe these records to learn more about the experiences of formerly enslaved men and women in the Washington, D.C. area during the Reconstruction Era.

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