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In 1871, Congress approved the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, an "international exhibition of arts, manufactures, and products of the soil and mine" to celebrate 100 years of American independence. Spencer F. Baird, then Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian, was appointed as the Smithsonian's representative on a Board of Executive Departments to prepare a collective exhibition for the event that would demonstrate the nature, breadth and ability of the government's institutions to adapt the wants of its citizens. Baird was directly in charge of the Smithsonian and the U.S. Fish Commission exhibits. Please join us in transcribing Baird's correspondence relating to the Centennial Exhibition to facilitate greater online access to this collection.
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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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Though Sir Isaac Newton’s work in chemistry is often overshadowed by his more celebrated discoveries in physics, his enduring interest in early chemistry (chymistry) is well recorded by the extensive collection of personal papers still surviving. In these four pages of notes, an oft-hidden side of Newton is revealed; his interest in alchemy and the occult.
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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 Assistant Commissioner for the State of North Carolina, Series 4: Letters Received. 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. Have questions about how to transcribe tables in these documents? View special directions here.
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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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A 1937 "Notice for American Yacht Clubs" is one of the items found in the miscellaneous notes of Dr. Waldo Schmitt from this expedition. After years of explorers and other visitors to the Archipelago, the dangers to the flora and fauna of the Galapagos and the surrounding islands was clear. Among Schmitt's notes are plans and specifications for a proposed field laboratory in the Galapagos Islands to study the wildlife and environment. Such an arrangement would require a partnership with the Ecuadorean government. Join us in transcribing the draft plans, proposals, and related details in this first part of Dr. Schmitt's notes. This project is a part of our “Travel to the Tropics” campaign. As you’re transcribing Schmitt’s work, if you come across names of people with whom Waldo had professional or personal relationships (e.g. fellow scientist, staff on an expedition, friend), it would help us to make better authority records for him if you could kindly add those names to this spreadsheet. If you like, share what you find on Twitter tagging #WhosWithWaldo.
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Letters with artists, photographers, actors, and other creatives 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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Likely an independent translation of Mariotte’s Traité du mouvement des eaux et des autres corps fluids, whose wording consistently differs from the known and published English translation. According to the secondary literature on this work, its first English translation was published in 1718. When the Dibner Library acquired this work from Bern Dibner, the annotated catalog described a box spine label with the date 1690 affixed. If the dating of this manuscript is correct, it predates the known 1718 translation but never appeared in print. This is the only known copy. Judging by the watermarks, this book may have been written in France in the 17th century. Written in a tiny hand, this manuscript faithfully translates not only Mariotte’s text but also copies the accompanying illustrations.