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Proceedings of the Board of Regents Meetings, 1907-1914

Do you wonder what issues capture a museum board members attention? The Proceedings of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents are a window into the issues they have focused on in the past. Between 1907 and 1919, the world saw major progress in science, politics and industry. It also experienced World War I. Among other things, the Regents decided the Smithsonian should lobby Congress to authorize the Smithsonian Langley Aerodynamical Laboratory and to establish an advisory committee to provide guidance to the country's aviation pioneers. Join our volunteers in transcribing these meeting minutes to learn more about this effort and other topics that came before the Smithsonian's Regents.

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Paleobiology Marine Invertebrates Project (Set 3)

Please join us to transcribe the labels of Fossil Marine Invertebrates with Department of Paleobiology. Learn how to transcribe this project and get started. NOTE: Please do not delete notes left by other volunteers, as these are important for the Paleobiology and TC teams to improve the project workflow; instead, please add additional comments below existing comments, as necessary. Thank you!

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STRI Pollen Cards (Set 42)

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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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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Wiener Farbenkabinet - Manual on Preparation of Colors, 1794

One of only four known copies in the United States, this early manual on the preparation of colors contains 2,592 hand-colored natural dye specimens, along with details on how to apply them to silk, cotton, wool, leather, wood, bone, paper, and many other materials. Published in 1794 by Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schönfeld, this manual reveals an extraordinary system of calibrated, named and numerated colors. This multi-volume guidebook is a valuable resource for conservators and anyone interested in color materials, techniques and applications. Printed in German Blackletter typeface Fraktur dating to the early sixteenth century, it is not machine-readable and requires transcription. A key provided in the page linked here will assist transcribers in identifying the appropriate Roman alphabet letters. To explore the fully digitized collection, visit here. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries digitally sponsored this book. To find out more information about this book and many others please visit the Smithsonian Institute Research Information System.

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Joseph D. Mountain - Log Books, Military and Civilian, 1943-1945

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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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, General Correspondence: Sandoz, Marc, 1965-1966

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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Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, General Correspondence: Sandoz, Marc, 1964

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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Friedrich "Fritz" Rumpf Notebooks - Set 1

Friedrich Karl Georg Rumpf (1888-1949) German illustrator and ethnographer, and son of German artist Fritz Rumpf. The younger Fritz Rumpf was living in Japan at the outbreak of war and likely composed parts of at least one of the following notebooks while living as a prisoner of war. PLEASE NOTE: The notebooks will be a special challenge as they contain multiple notes in German and Japanese, and drawings in pencil, ink and wash made during his travels and research in Japan.

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Paul Bartsch - Notes of specimens collected on the Philippine Expedition, circa 1908

Despite being home to a great variety of species, the Philippines were not a place in which to conduct research between 1898 and 1903. The Pacific island archipelago was affected by the Spanish-American War of 1898 and an insurrection that continued until 1903. However, by 1907, the situation had stabilized and the United States was eager to begin exploring its flora and fauna. Paul Bartsch of the Smithsonian joined 69 other participants in the Philippine Expedition traveling aboard the 25 year old research vessel "Albatross." Among the many specimens Bartsch observed and collected were Nudibranchs, a type of marine Gastropoda. Included in his notes and descriptions are highly detailed illustrations by Kumataro Ito. Please join us in transcribing Bartsch's 1908 field notes to capture his personal record of specimen location, sample set number and descriptions. Transcribing Ito's Japanese notations on the watercolor illustrations would be an added bonus! (Tip: Japanese notations can be transcribed as characters or they can be romanized. Translation is not required for the project to be complete.)

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