USNM Curators Annual Reports: Department of Marine Invertebrates, Annual Report 1886-1887

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How do you go about organizing specimens in a collection? In his 1887 annual report to the Director of the United States National Museum, curator Richard Rathbun relates the highlights of his department's activities, including "working up the collections of Corals, Starfishes and Copepods." Interested in diving in with other volunteers to transcribe this handwritten report and make the behind the scenes work of the Smithsonian's first museum more accessible? Jump in now!

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