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Doris Holmes Blake - Correspondence with Doris Sidney Blake, November 1947 - January 1948

Doris Sidney Blake got a new temporary job at Harvard’s bookstore, The Coop, where she earned a little money and worked hard to memorize the lay of the land. Oh, and it’s also where she encountered a whole lot of misogyny. In a letter to her mother, Smithsonian entomologist Doris Holmes Blake, she wrote of a man who spoke to at her about the “decline in productivity among cultured females.” In another instance, she retold a story about a man at the store who accused women of always only doing exactly what they’re told. He then proceeded to ask her to go skiing. Roll those eyes and dive into this project of mother-daughter letters that shed light on life in college in the 1940s and provide glimpses into Doris Holmes Blake’s workflow at the U.S. National Museum. Tip: if you want to transcribe these letters in a fairly chronological order, start from the last page and work your way up! Funding for the digitization of Blake's correspondence, & its inclusion into the Transcription Center, was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.


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Women's History at the Archives of American Art

Celebrate the history of women artists and art historians by exploring and transcribing archival collections from the Archives of American Art. Through diaries, notebooks, essays, and correspondence, learn about the life and careers of painters, sculptors, writers, critics, art historians, and other creative women who made their mark on American history.
In February 2020, we're featuring documents from the papers of artist Emmy Lou Packard (1914-1998), highlighting her relationships with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.



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John Brooks Henderson, Jr. - Collecting notes in Jamaica Dec. 9, 1893 - January 2, 1894

In the years before being appointed a Smithsonian Regent in 1911, John Brooks Henderson, Jr. (1870-1923) served as a diplomatic advisor's secretary, as a civilian observer of European armies in Europe and the Ottoman Empire, and authored "American Diplomatic Questions" (1901). A shell collector from a young age, Henderson later participated in several Caribbean expeditions and donated his collections to the United States National Museum. Please help us transcribe these personal collecting notes from his trip to Jamaica in 1893-1894.


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Blanche Stuart Scott Collection - Newspaper Articles, 1956 - 1969

This collection consists of memorabilia relating to aviator Blanche Stuart Scott. The material includes her certificates, membership cards, and ribbons, as well as a collection of newspaper clippings dating from 1939-1969. Note: Please do not describe any images or photographs that appear in this project. We are only seeking transcriptions.