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UIowa Libraries DIY History: Museum of Natural History Egg Cards

Together with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, the UI Libraries has launched a new DIY History collection, the Egg Cards. These field note cards were collected by amateur ornithologists during the late 1800s/early 1900s in Iowa and elsewhere, for the purposes of identifying egg specimens in nests. Being handwritten, these cards haven’t been searchable, but with the power of crowdsourced transcription, will become a searchable database to accompany the museum’s collection of bird eggs.

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Cindy Opitz
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