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Darwin’s Books: a project to document the books which influenced Charles Darwin and were on his bookshelf at Down House.

Case study number: 0001
Case study provider: Graham Higley, Natural History Museum, London. g.higley@nhm.ac.uk
Case study title: Darwin’s Books: a project to document the books which influenced Charles Darwin and were on his bookshelf at Down House.
Actor(s): University of Cambridge, Natural History Museum, London, American Museum of Natural History New York, National Trust (Down House)
Location(s): Cambridge, London, Downe, New York, Camarthen Wales
Objective: To identify and digitise the books which influenced Charles Darwin (work done by BHL-Europe), and to add annotations from Darwin’s personal copies and references in his writings. This will aid historians in Cambridge, New York and other scholars to document the development of Darwin’s thought and his deepening understanding of the implications of the Origin of Species.
Actions: The project team - funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Art and Humanity Research Council - are creating a resource that can be used by scholars in the history of science, psychology and sociology fields to understand and track the thought processes of a great scientist in the development and formation of a theory. A number of scholarly publications are expected as a result of this work.

 

Nantucket sleigh ride

Case study number: 0002
Case study provider: Thomas Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. garnettt@si.edu
Case study title: Nantucket sleigh ride
Actor(s): Falmouth Public Library, Massachusetts, Donna Burgess
Location(s): Massachusetts, USA
Objective: To find the correct name of Nantucket sleigh ride, upper jaw in a sperm-whale
Actions: She looked up the word Nantucket sleigh ride in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) with no success. However she did find an unusual entry under “sleigh”: The bone of the upper jaw in a sperm-whale.” Than tried BHL website, but for Marine Mammals of North America there was no result. However a search for C. M. Scammon revealed the author’s full name, “Charles Melville Scammon!” //The Marine Mammals of North-Western Coast of North America// includes the reference to the term sleigh on page 75. So you don’t have to take the boat to Nantucket to see their copy, you can just see it online or check out one of the reproductions available in CLAMS. We are still researching the connection (if there is one) between Charles Melville Scammon & Herman Melville. We will keep you posted!

 

Who discovered the zebra fish?

Case study number: 0003
Case study provider: Thomas Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. garnettt@si.edu
Case study title: Who discovered the zebra fish?
Actor(s): Falmouth Public Library, Massachusetts, Jill Erickson
Location(s): Massachusetts, USA
Objective: Who discovered the zebra fish?
Actions: "We recently were asked the question: who discovered the zebra fish? In searching the Encyclopedia of Life I kept seeing the phrase “Hamilton, 1822” next to the “Danio rerio”. Wondering who Hamilton was, I searched WorldCat and discovered that Hamilton was Francis Hamilton who had published in 1822 An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges and its branches. I looked at the EOL record and clicked on the Biodiversity Heritage Library link. One of the links was to a Hamilton book! In 1878 the book The Fishes of India was published which included a description and an image of the Danio rerio. Links were provided to the exact place in the text where the fish was mentioned, as well as to the plate with the fish itself illustrated. Not only that, but I could send the patron the exact link to both pages which described her fish. How remarkable it was to find this Harvard University book available so easily through the Biodiversity Heritage Library. A great success for our patron, and we looked like magicians bringing the book to her."

 

Paradisi in sole

Case study number: 0004
Case study provider: Thomas Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. garnettt@si.edu
Case study title: Paradisi in sole
Actor(s): Roger Towner, Chairman Gospotrt Living History Society
Location(s): www.littlewoodham.org.uk
Objective: Finding a book Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris… by John Parkinson (references: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/7100)
Actions: Just a quick line to thank you and your organisation for the foresight and generosity in allowing these works to be downloaded. I am the chairman of a living history group running a re-enactment village set in 1642, and access to original source material of that period is invaluable to us both for our recreated village and in our delivery to our visitors.

 

Marshall Islands expedition

 

Case study number: 0005
Case study provider: Thomas Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. garnettt@si.edu
Case study title: Marshall Islands expedition
Actor(s): Elizabeth A. Murphy
Location(s): Stanhope, NJ USA
Objective: Finding correct Latin names for a book on Russian expeditions to the Marshall Islands (http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/6523808)
Actions: Gentle people at the Biodiversity Heritage Library, many thanks for making the above-referenced book available as a downloadable PDF file. I am working on a translation from German that references early Russian expeditions to the Marshall Islands. I really appreciate being able to consult this publication (which I only found out about today via University Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley: Center for Phycological Documentation: Index Nominum Algarum). This book looks like it will be a big help in verifying the correct spelling of old Latin designations and authors names.

 

Ornitological narrative paintings

 

Case study number: 0006
Case study provider: Thomas Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. garnettt@si.edu
Case study title: Ornitological narrative paintings
Actor(s): Bruce Shelevey, Ph.D. (Chair of the Department of Geography, History and Political and International Studies, Associate Professor of History), Edward G. Voss (Curator band Professor Emeritus); Virginia Hunt doctoral student
Location(s): BS: Trinity Western University, Canada; EGV: (University of Michigan Herbarium); VH: LSU
Objective: To study ornithological narrative paintings, in particular historical examples in order to determine how these may used by high school and college biology teachers to teach certain key concepts in ecology.
Actions: Bruce Shelvey decided together with Edward Voss to prepare a topic on doctoral thesis based on narrative paintings in ornithological books, particularly in the book by Howard Jones: Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio. Circleville, Ohio, 1886. The student Virginia Hunt will make the survey in a large number of ornithological narrative paintings as her doctoral thesis.