If you’re a regular reader of The Bigger Picture, than you’ve probably heard us talk about the Field Book Project quite often. The Field Book Project, which is a collaborative effort between the Archives and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, aims to create one online location for scholars and others to visit when searching for field books and other field research materials.
Because the Archives is the record keeper of the history of the Smithsonian Institution, you can imagine that we have a lot of scientific research materials in our collections that have become a part of the Field Book Project. From time to time the Field Book Project team shares some of these collections on the Smithsonian’s Flickr Commons stream.
Today, we’re excited to share this new set of images on the Commons from the Field Book Project. The new set of images comes from the Papers of Waldo LaSalle Schmitt (1887–1977) in the Archives’ Collections, and document the career of Schmitt, who was a Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and participated in scientific expeditions all over the world. Schmitt’s name might sound familiar to you, since his papers from an expedition to the Galapagos Islands in the 1930s formed the basis of our recent blog murder mystery series: The Empress of the Galapagos.