It is March, and with the end of winter also comes the end of the #FWTrueLove project! It was a great success by all measures. Thank you to all of those who participated!
In fact, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm from our curators, staff members, and Volunpeers, we were able to catalog, digitize, post online, and transcribe the entirety of True’s field book collection at the Smithsonian! That's over 500 pages of transcribed material from 60 contributors, now full-text searchable on the Smithsonian Collections Search Center as well as the Transcription Center. It represents a tremendous advance in accessibility for items that were previously only available to those willing to travel to the Smithsonian and dig through the archives until they stumbled upon what they needed. Thank you all again for your efforts.
During the project, using #FWTrueLove, we made memes and gifs and created a new awareness of who Frederick William True was, and his importance to Smithsonian and scientific history. Using #FWTrueDetective, we made fun discoveries about True's work and travels as well as the origins of some of the specimens in NMNH. We loved engaging with our Volunpeers on Twitter, where we received over 1 million impressions for the project. We also enjoyed hosting the Google Hangouts in order to give our Volunpeers an inside look at Nick Pyeson’s work, the Smithsonian’s fossil marine mammal resources, the Kellogg Library, and the Cullman Library. Thank you again for making it all a success, and look out…we just might do another theme month in the fall!
Julia Blase, Project Manager, Field Book Project
Nick Pyenson, Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals, NMNH
Meghan Ferriter, Project Manager, Transcription Center
Lesley Parilla, Cataloger, Field Book Project
Kira Sobers, Digitization Coordinator, SIA
Grace Costantino, Social Media, BHL
Effie Kapsalis, Social Media, SIA
Erin Rushing, SIL
…and all of the other staff who contribute their valuable time.