Earlier this year, the Smithsonian Women's Committee awarded a one-year grant to Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) to build online exhibitions to showcase the scientific and historical contributions of Women and Latino naturalists and illustrators. The project, entitled Notable Women and Latinos in Natural History, draws from content in BHL and uses the Biodiversity Library Exhibition (BLE) platform developed by BHL Europe.
The exhibitions include factoids, highlights, stories, illustrations and publications from some of natural history's most remarkable women and Latino naturalists. Featured individuals include Maria Sibylla Merian and Louis A. Fuertes as well as figures from Smithsonian's history in the sciences: Mary Jane Rathbun, Mary Agnes Chase, Florence Merriam Bailey, Ynéz Mexía, and Cleofé Calderon.
Field books from all five women were cataloged as part of the Field Book Project. Field books of Calderon and Chase were recently made available on Biodiveristy Heritage Library (BHL) through work with Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA). We encourage you to take a look at their publications and field books, and experience their work firsthand, available through resources on Smithsonian's Collections Search Center, BHL, and SIA.