USNM Curators Annual Reports: Department of Mollusks, 1888-1889

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William Healey Dall, curator in the Division of Mollusks, got things done. He authored 500 scientific publications and described nearly 4,000 uncharacterized species. This is probably why Dall seemed so frustrated by the division’s lack of resources in 1888–89. He described a need for “at least a competent clerk” to reconcile an entire half of the collection that Dall deemed improperly registered and labeled. He also complained that “much annoyance has been suffered” by construction noises. Join a group of #volunpeers in transcribing the division’s work and collections that year, despite the setbacks.

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