The Field Book Project presents, in partnership with the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Pyenson Lab, Smithsonian Transcription Center, Smithsonian Archives, and Smithsonian Libraries: an F.W. True Love story.
Starting now, the Frederick William True field notes are LIVE in the Smithsonian Transcription Center. There are four projects so far and you can find them here. We #FWTrueLove Challenge you, fair volunpeers, to complete these field notes by the afternoon of Wednesday, February 18. That will be just in time for a bit of HangTime with Dr. Pyenson.
On Wednesday, February 18, Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals Dr. Nick Pyenson will share the interdisciplinary nature of F.W. True's scientific pursuits - plus True’s connections with Smithsonian researchers Stejneger, Dall, Wetmore and, yes even, Baird! As you’re transcribing, you’ll want to read more about True’s time at the Smithsonian Institution in posts from PyensonLab and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
You know this much is True.
BUT WAIT! There’s more to the #FWTrueLove Challenge than transcribing: The Field Book Project wants to know what you’re discovering and you’ll have the chance to unlock even more handwritten correspondence. Here’s what you can do:
Help us map True’s social network
Share interesting True Facts
E-mail us or tweet using the hashtag #FWTrueDetective as you identify interesting facts, correspondents, locations, and other relationships. The details you share will be graphed on the Field Book Project blog. Watch that space for more details of the challenge (*hint!) as it unfolds through the end of February. Curious minds, get ready...
Looking for more amazing Field Book tales? Want to find out how many degrees of separation there are in science, discovery, and amazing collections? Find more information on Twitter and Facebook - you can follow @FieldBookProj @BioDivLibrary @SmithsonianArch @PyensonLab @SILibraries and @TranscribeSI on Twitter because #FWTrueLove Challenge starts now!