Cleofé Calderón - Brasil 1976, 4

About the Project

Slow and steady wins the race. At least it did for agrostologist Cleofé Calderón, who collected and worked with grasses, especially bamboo, for Smithsonian’s U.S. National Herbarium from 1965 to 1987. She is remembered by her colleagues for her consistent, high quality work, which, of course took time. According to one account, “Cleo would not be hurried, often to the consternation of those accompanying her.” And this is evident in her field notes, as she recorded specific measurements of specimens and details about the types of photographs she took. Additionally, rather than place specimens in bags to press later, Calderón and her assistants pressed the specimens, with plenty of duplicates, while still in the field.

Assist us in helping make Calderón’s scientific contributions and legacy available to researchers. One quick note: Calderon’s handwriting is part of this challenge, but you can explore how past volunpeers have tackled her handwriting in previous projects.

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