Diaries of Ruth M. Blackwelder
About the Project
How would you feel if your spouse brought work along on your honeymoon? It might not have been Ruth M. Blackwelder's honeymoon, but in 1935 she married Richard E. Blackwelder and, in June, they were off to the West Indies for an extended time of scientific research. Richard collected 50,000 Coleoptera, or beetles, during that trip. Ruth and Richard worked together closely and co-authored several important works including the 4th supplement of "The Leng catalogue of Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico" and "The Directory of Zoological Taxonomists."
Join our digital volunteers in transcribing Ruth's diaries and get a glimpse of what this West Indies expedition experience was like from her point of view.