• Joint initiative between the National Museum of  Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution  Archives• Mission: one...
What is a Field Book?*Primary source document. A record of field events leading up    to and including the collection of b...
What is a Field Book?*Primary source document. A record of field events leading up    to and including the collection of b...
Other kinds of notes          • Depict specimens and            surrounding environment.          • Illustrate precise loc...
Field books meet several research needs • Specific location information for specimen            • Itinerary information   ...
Presented by Rusty Russell to the Society For The   Preservation of Natural History Collections
Presented by Rusty Russell to the Society For The   Preservation of Natural History Collections                           ...
Conservation and ManagementPhotocredit:                                                                       PhotoNora   ...
What if there are field books in my family papers?Illustration in a moldy                          Proceed With Caution an...
What if there are field books in my family papers?   Learn More About the Field Notes and Creator                         ...
What if there are field books in my family papers?         Is It Appropriate to Keep or to Donate?• Historical significanc...
AcknowledgementsRusty Russell                                         Anne Van CampCollections & Informatics, Botany      ...
Please Visit Our Website athttp://mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/Blog:http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks   /Flickr:http://tinyur...
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This presentation introduces the Field Book Project, provides an overview of field books and their importance, and suggests what you should do if you find field books in your personal collections. Presented by Sonoe Nakasone, August 2011 at the Smithsonian Archives Fair Lecture Series.

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  1. 1. • Joint initiative between the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Archives• Mission: one online location for field book content.• Beginning as a Smithsonian-wide initiative and eventually including the entire biodiversity community.
  2. 2. What is a Field Book?*Primary source document. A record of field events leading up to and including the collection of biological specimens.Typical Field books Less typical field books (may include)• Specimen Lists • Hand drawn Maps• Journals with descriptions • Sketches of collecting specimen • Photographs • Field Correspondence
  3. 3. What is a Field Book?*Primary source document. A record of field events leading up to and including the collection of biological specimens.Typical Field books Less typical field books (may include)• Specimen Lists • Hand drawn Maps• Journals with accounts of • Sketches collecting specimen • Photographs • Field Correspondence
  4. 4. Other kinds of notes • Depict specimens and surrounding environment. • Illustrate precise location specimen was found. • Expound or comment on what was found. • Something extra.
  5. 5. Field books meet several research needs • Specific location information for specimen • Itinerary information • Environmental context • Historic snapshot
  6. 6. Presented by Rusty Russell to the Society For The Preservation of Natural History Collections
  7. 7. Presented by Rusty Russell to the Society For The Preservation of Natural History Collections Collected at Tucson May 15—this is a very common plant throughout southern Ariz. In many places it is a troublesome weed. The vine sometimes 30 feet long climb over bushes and small trees. It produces flowers until late in the fall. Most abundant along marshes and creeks.
  8. 8. Conservation and ManagementPhotocredit: PhotoNora credit:Lockshin Anna Friedman Preservation efforts headed by Conservator Anna Friedman are funded by the National Park Service Save America’s Treasures grant.
  9. 9. What if there are field books in my family papers?Illustration in a moldy Proceed With Caution and Care A book of 19th century scientific reports ofbook, by Shannon Ramos, national explorationCreative Commons: expeditions from SIA’sAttribution 2.0. Reference Room library,Retrieved from October suffering from a cracked28, 2010 article by spine and brittle paper,Catherine Shteynberg on Courtesy of Michal Long.The Bigger Picture. Retrieved from September 30, 2010 article on The Bigger Picture: http://siarchives.si.edu/ Advise about caring for your collections The Bigger Picture : blog/taking-care-our- own http://siarchives.si.edu/blog/you-asked-we-answered-taking-care-your-own- archives Wikimedia Commons, retrieved September 13, 2011
  10. 10. What if there are field books in my family papers? Learn More About the Field Notes and Creator • Who was your relative? • Was collecting a job or hobby • If collecting was part of their job, where did they work?http://www.ubio.org/portal/ • What locations and datehttp://Eol.org ranges are there? • What Kind of Specimen are they collecting?
  11. 11. What if there are field books in my family papers? Is It Appropriate to Keep or to Donate?• Historical significance: • What condition are they locally, nationally, or in? internationally• Do the specimens belong • Do the field books match to an institution? the scope of the Check specimen catalogs of repository you want to institutions your relative worked donate to? for or contact the department’s collections manager.
  12. 12. AcknowledgementsRusty Russell Anne Van CampCollections & Informatics, Botany Director, SI Archives Carolyn Sheffield, Project Manager Sonoe Nakasone, Cataloging Coordinator Lesley Parilla, Cataloger and Graphics Designer Emily Hunter, Cataloger Kira Cherrix, Image and Video Digitization Specialist, SIA Ricc Ferrante, Director of Digital Services, SIA Tammy Peters, Supervisory Archivist, SIA Nora Lockshin, Paper Conservator, SIA Sarah Stauderman, Collections Care Manager, SIA Kirsten Tyree, Conservation Technician, SIA
  13. 13. Please Visit Our Website athttp://mnh.si.edu/rc/fieldbooks/Blog:http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks /Flickr:http://tinyurl.com/fbpflickr Questions?Carolyn Sheffield, Project Managersheffieldc@si.edu
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