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Monday, 04 April 2011

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Matthew J. James

If anyone would like to read further about the 1905-06 expedition and the history of the California Academy of Sciences, they could go here:
http://sonoma.edu/geology/James_Galapagos1905-06.pdf
or here:
http://sonoma.edu/geology/JAMES_BoatBayMuseum.pdf

Diane Shaw

Thank you for this fascinating back-story about the California Academy of Sciences. Just think of the amazing treasures that were lost there in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and how the Academy was able to start again with the timely arrival of the expedition from the Galapagos and their natural history specimens. Now with the scanning of the CAS specimens and books, the collections will be accessible worldwide and "lots of copies keep stuff safe." With BHL and the Field Book Project, these important scientific items can be more widely known. I'd love to hear the kinds of comments CAS has been getting from the public who can watch the scanning project at work. I hope to see more CAS-related blog entries here in the future.

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The Field Book Project is an initiative to increase accessibility to field book content that documents natural history. Through ongoing partnerships within and beyond the Smithsonian Institution, the Project is making field books easier to find and available in a digital format for current research, as well as inspiring new ways of utilizing these rich information resources.
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