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Erwin Hinckley Barbour, J. L. Wortman, and James William Gidley on paleontological expeditions in various locations throughout the United States for the Division of Vertebrate Mammals, 1900-1935. From lantern slides found in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology Records. SIA2011-1417. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Field Book Project
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By Kira Cherrix, Digital Imaging Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives Vernon Orlando Bailey hated being away from home and that is likely why I found a photograph of his wife, Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey, tucked into the back of one of his field books. The black-and-white photograph is dated March 1900,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Spring is finally here! It’s been a long winter for much of the United States, so we at the Field Book Project wanted to celebrate Spring's arrival. What better way is there than with images from our collections? The Flickr set includes photographs taken by Helmut Karl Buechner during field... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Young coconut plant and Edward Stewart. Photograph was taken while Hitchcock was on a collecting trip to British Guiana [Guyana]. SIA2011-0551. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Helicopter fire on McMurdo Base, Antarctica, prior to arrival of emergency response team.Taken during Waldo Schmitt's collecting during the Palmer Peninsula Survey 1962-1963. SIA2012-0665. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Field Book Project
Want to help make field books more searchable? Help transcribe field books from Roosevelt’s African Expedition on Smithsonian’s Transcription Center. [via Smithsonian Transcription Center] Ever wonder what kind of field research paleobiologists are conducting in Panama? [via Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute] We’ve found some great examples of field recordings over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Fregata minor [Great Frigatebird] 18 days old, on Christmas Island [Kiritimati], Kiribati, 1967. The chick was photographed to document its development, as part of field work completed during the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. SIA2013-07653. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Sandstone at butte fault line, Chuar Valley [Grand Canyon]. Sketch documents field work of Charles D. Walcott in the Chuar Valley of the Grand Canyon [Arizona] c. 1883. Drawing is likely sketched by B. L. Young. RU 007004, Charles D. Walcott Collection, 1851-1940 and undated; Box 32, Folder 8. SIA2012-9661. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Field Book Project
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William F. Foshag (1894-1956) was a curator in the joined the US National Museum's Division of Mineralogy and Petrology. Foshag's research was primarily devoted to the study of the geology and mineralogy of Mexico. Between 1926 and 1941, Foshag made several collecting trips to Mexico under the auspices of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Field Book Project
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This is the third of a joint blog series by the Field Book Project (FBP) and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), showcasing examples of digital connections between collectors, field book catalog records, and the resulting publications of collecting events. In 1878 the US Congress was investigating rivalries between four surveys... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Unidentified child with tiger cub. Photograph documents Lucile and William Mann's participation in the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. SIA2012-3236. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Red-tailed Tropicbird chick on Kure Atoll (c. 1960's) was photographed as part of field work completed during the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program. SIA2013-07694. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Field Book Project
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William Healey Dall wearing his Expedition Uniform, July 9, 1865. Smithsonian Institution Archives. SA-1156. By Lesley Parilla, Field Book Project If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed one of the ongoing themes is how unique the content of an individual field book can be. Field books... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Field Book Project
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By Kira Cherrix, Digital Imaging Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives This field book from Leonhard Stejneger documents his trips to Puerto Rico and the West Indies in 1900 was unusual to begin with because the inside back cover contained a pocket, which I had not seen on other field books that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Field Book Project
By Lesley Parilla, Field Book Project Field book content is diverse and fascinating, especially when comparing books from across natural history disciplines. Differences between fields and recording methods can make cataloging and comparing their information a challenge. One of our favorite projects (VertNet) did a wonderful job of pointing out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Someone (probably Charles Lewis Gazin) unearthing specimens, during 1959 Expedition to Wyoming and Utah. SIA2012-3411. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Field Book Project
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by Tad Bennicoff, Assistant Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives Loess bluffs above Aftonian gravel and Nebraska drift. S. of Turin, IA. Smithsonian Institution Archives. RU 7082 Box 5 Folder 3 Aftonian Gravel 379. Chances are, few of you reading this piece can define or describe a “loess.” I certainly could not,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Field Book Project
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This is the second of a joint blog series by the Field Book Project (FBP) and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), showcasing examples of digital connections between collectors, field book catalog records, and the resulting publications of collecting events. The first post in this series about organizations discussed the nascence... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Fiat with collecting net in place, Jamaica, 1937. Photograph taken by Edward A. Chapin while collecting at Hope Gardens during entomological fieldwork in Jamaica, 1937. SIA2012-9625. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Indigenous children in Ammassalik [Tasiilaq], Greenland, 1936. Taken during Greenland Expedition, 1936, under direction of Bob Bartlett, collecting materials for the Smithsonian. SIA2012-0661. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Field Book Project
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By Lesley Parilla, Field Book Project Blackfoot Albatross chick in "sweater", Kure Atoll (undated). Smithsonian Institution Archives. RU 000245, Box 222, Folder 9, Envelope 1. SIA2013-07687. Smithsonian Institution Archives. RU 000245, Box 222, Folder 9, Folder 1. SIA2013-07688. Field photography can sometimes be the most interesting and intriguing of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Magnified butterfly wing. Part of materials documenting Robert E. Silberglied's work with butterflies, circa 1970s. SIA2012-7946. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Field Book Project
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Edgar A. Mearns, c. 1900. Smithsonian Institution Archives, RU000095, Box 17, Folder 1. NHB-21452. Edgar Alexander Mearns (1856-1916) was an army surgeon and field naturalist. He developed an early interest in natural history, studying the flora and fauna around his home in Highland Falls, New York. Mearns' primary biological interests... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Field Book Project
In honor of the season, we'd like to share links to some of the great online activities and games for kids we've found from natural history institutions around the world. London’s Natural History Museum Canadian Museum of Nature Kew Royal Botanic Gardens National Museum of Natural History Museum of New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Field Book Project
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Two golden lion tamarins sitting on a branch. Location is probably Poco das Antas Biological Reserve, Brazil. SIA2011-2204. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Field Book Project