The United States Exploring Expedition

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The United States Exploring Expedition. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Town Meeting. May 2003. Washington, DC.

The United States Exploring Expedition. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Town Meeting. May 2003. Washington, DC.

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  • 1. The United States Exploring Expedition Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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  • 3. United States Exploring Expedition : Overview
    • Leader: Charles Wilkes (1798 – 1877)
    • Duration: 1838 - 1842
    • Cost: $300,000.00
    • Purpose: “ to extend the bounds of science and to promote knowledge”
  • 4. United States Exploring Expedition : Overview
    • Brazil
    • Tierra del Fuego
    • Antarctica
    • Chile
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • the west coast of North America
    • the Philippines
    • East Indies
  • 5. United States Exploring Expedition : Overview
    • Vincennes , a sloop of war of 780 tons
    • Peacock , a sloop of war of 650 tons
    • Porpoise , a brig of 230 tons
    • Relief , a store ship
    • Sea Gull , a schooner of 110 tons
    • Flying Fish , a schooner of 96 tons
  • 6. United States Exploring Expedition : Overview
    • 62 discharged as “unsuitable”
    • 42 deserters
    • 15 died of injuries, disease or accidents
    • 82 Officers
    • 342 sailors
    • 9 Naturalists, Scientists, and Artists
  • 7. United States Exploring Expedition : And the Smithsonian The Smithsonian acquired and displayed specimens and artifacts from the expedition in 1858. In so doing, it established itself as a showcase for the country's first major international scientific venture and as a guardian of national treasures.
  • 8. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
  • 9. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
    • 5 volume Narrative by Charles Wilkes (1844-74)
  • 10. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
    • Hale - Ethnology and Philology (1846)
    • Dana- Zoophytes (1846, 1849)
    • Peale - Mammalia and Ornithology (1848)
    • Cassin - Mammalogy and Ornithology (1858)
    • Pickering - Races of Man (1848)
  • 11. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
    • Dana - Geology (1849)
    • Wilkes - Meteorology (1851)
    • Gould - Mollusca and Shells (1852, 1856)
    • Dana - Crustacea (1852, 1853, 1855)
    • Gray - Botany - Phanerogamia (1854, 1856)
  • 12. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
    • Brackenridge - Botany - Cryptogamia - Filices (1854, 1855)
    • Various (ed. By Gray) - Botany - Cryptogamia (1874)
    • Torrey - Phanerogamia of Pacific North Am erica (1862)
  • 13. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
    • Pickering - The Geographical Distribution of Animals and Plants (1854)
    • Girard - Herpetology (1858)
    • Wilkes - Hydrography (1861, 1850, 1858)
  • 14. United States Exploring Expedition : The Books
    • ~ 12,745 pages of text
    • ~ 1,134 plates
    • ~ 232 maps
    • ~ 14,205 total images to be created
  • 15. United States Exploring Expedition : The Science
  • 16. United States Exploring Expedition : The Science
  • 17. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
  • 18. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
    • Initial grant of $20,750.00 from the Smithsonian’s Atherton Seidel fund for digital imaging (2000)
    • Collections Information Systems Pool fund award of $30,000.00 for re-keying of the Narrative text (April 2003)
  • 19. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
    • Leslie Overstreet
    • Daria Wingreen
    • David Holbert
    • Conrad Ziyad
    • Erin Clements
    • Nicole Van Doren
    • NH Library Staff
  • 20. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
    • Scan of page images
    • Text volumes to Preservation Resources
    • Atlas and Plate volumes done at SIL Imaging Center
  • 21. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
    • Mark up of Narrative in TEI Lite XML Schema
  • 22. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
    • Mark up of scientific volumes in Taxonomic XML Schema
  • 23. United States Exploring Expedition : The Digital Version
    • Linking of museum objects and specimens to text
  • 24. United States Exploring Expedition : SIL Website
  • 25. United States Exploring Expedition : SIL Website
    • “ USExEX” Project page now available
    • Official site to launch in November 2003
    • Will feature contribution by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the forthcoming Seas of Glory
    • Additional contributions on selected areas as website develops
  • 26. United States Exploring Expedition : Magnificent Voyages