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Fresh to the internet! Samuel Washington Woodhouse's European Travel Diary, 1859! We are getting closer to having the en...
11/29/2021

Fresh to the internet! Samuel Washington Woodhouse's European Travel Diary, 1859! We are getting closer to having the entire Samuel W. Woodhouse collection (Coll 387) available online. Just two more journals to go and everyone can read Woodhouse's various 19th century travels from anywhere.

https://archive.org/details/diaryeuropeantr00wood

Get to know Ruth Patrick, one of the Academy's most influential scientists!
11/29/2021

Get to know Ruth Patrick, one of the Academy's most influential scientists!

The groundbreaking ecologist showed that the biological diversity within a stream can be used to diagnose its health.

When your business is "Fancy Printer and Lithographer" you really must go all out on your invoices.Invoice for services ...
11/19/2021

When your business is "Fancy Printer and Lithographer" you really must go all out on your invoices.

Invoice for services to the American Entomological Society, 1869

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Think the spooky season is over? You’ve been tricked! "Tenants of an Old Farm: Leaves from the Note Book of a Naturalist...
11/05/2021

Think the spooky season is over? You’ve been tricked! "Tenants of an Old Farm: Leaves from the Note Book of a Naturalist" by Dr. Henry C McCook and published in 1884, is a collection of prints depicting spider and their spinning work, Dr. McCook became fascinated with spiders and was a master in the study and investigation of the life history of ants and spiders.

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During recent cataloging our archivist stumbled on this charming painting tipped into an annotated copy of Birds of Dela...
09/14/2021

During recent cataloging our archivist stumbled on this charming painting tipped into an annotated copy of Birds of Delaware: A Preliminary Survey in our Charles J. Pennock Papers Coll. 676.

While the Academy Archives don't contain a great deal of content from or about the Drexel family we do have some connect...
08/26/2021

While the Academy Archives don't contain a great deal of content from or about the Drexel family we do have some connections.

Want to learn more about the Drexel family? Check out our research guide! Access historical info & material in the archives: http://ow.ly/JWCy50FWgCD

The Hollow Earth Theory suggests that the earth is a hollow shell containing a sun in the center, with openings to the e...
08/17/2021

The Hollow Earth Theory suggests that the earth is a hollow shell containing a sun in the center, with openings to the earth located at the north and south poles. James McBride (1788-1859), who created this diagram of the hollow earth, was a strong follower and advocate for the conspiracy.

The Hollow Earth Theory was recently brought back into the spotlight this year in the movie Godzilla vs. Kong! Have you seen it?

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08/10/2021

We had such a fun time going live on the Academy Creature Feature this morning. Thanks for having us!

Be sure to come check out Bug Fest at the museum this upcoming weekend. We may or may not be taking visitors behind the scenes on Friday. 😉

Fungi by Lewis David von Schweinitz, the “Father of American Mycology”.  Archives Coll. 437
08/10/2021

Fungi by Lewis David von Schweinitz, the “Father of American Mycology”.

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Carnivorous plant species Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) and Cobra Lilly (Darlingtonia californica), singed H.S. Ti...
08/03/2021

Carnivorous plant species Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) and Cobra Lilly (Darlingtonia californica), singed H.S. Tillotson.

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Sketches of shells and fossils by Charles Lesueur, the “Raphael of Zoological Painters”.  Archives Coll. 136
07/27/2021

Sketches of shells and fossils by Charles Lesueur, the “Raphael of Zoological Painters”.

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Orange peel fungus illustrated by German-American mycologist Lewis David von Schweinitz. Von Schweinitz described over 1...
07/20/2021

Orange peel fungus illustrated by German-American mycologist Lewis David von Schweinitz. Von Schweinitz described over 1,200 new species of fungi in his studies and accumulated a personal collection of 23,000 of mycological and botanical specimens. He left his entire collection to the Academy when he passed in 1834.

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Revisiting one of our Archivist's favorite collections - 18th/19th century Chinese paintings.Coll 476
07/16/2021

Revisiting one of our Archivist's favorite collections - 18th/19th century Chinese paintings.

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See some of our archival collections in this new blog post!
07/14/2021

See some of our archival collections in this new blog post!

Living testament to Academy research and collections

William Lloyd Baily invented a beautiful technique of using gold and silver leaf to capture the iridescence on the hummi...
07/13/2021

William Lloyd Baily invented a beautiful technique of using gold and silver leaf to capture the iridescence on the hummingbirds’ plumage. Pictured here are the Peruvian racket tail (renamed Ocreatus peruanus) and De Lalande’s plovercrest (renamed Stephanoxis lalandi).

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Life imitating art!Our Archivist's garden is in full bloom and these lilies look awfully familiar.....Coll. 476
07/09/2021

Life imitating art!
Our Archivist's garden is in full bloom and these lilies look awfully familiar.....

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Bronze eagle by sculptor Albert Laessle. Laessle studied at the Drexel Institute (Drexel University) and the Pennsylvani...
07/06/2021

Bronze eagle by sculptor Albert Laessle. Laessle studied at the Drexel Institute (Drexel University) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Now his sculptures are found in Rittenhouse Square, Logan Square, and the Philadelphia Zoo.

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Life drawing of sea slug by Andrew Garret. This species, Pterogasteron marginatus (renamed Elysia marginata), is able to...
06/29/2021

Life drawing of sea slug by Andrew Garret. This species, Pterogasteron marginatus (renamed Elysia marginata), is able to separate its body from its head. The slug head is able to survive and move on its own, then re-grow its body.

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George Ossian Sars, Norwegian marine and freshwater biologist, poses with his spectacles in 1900.Coll 457
06/28/2021

George Ossian Sars, Norwegian marine and freshwater biologist, poses with his spectacles in 1900.

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Drexel University Archives has shared a handy video to help researchers navigate our new archives database.
06/17/2021

Drexel University Archives has shared a handy video to help researchers navigate our new archives database.

Beautiful morel illustration (Morchella esculenta) by Lewis David von Schweinitz, the "Father of American Mycology". Did...
06/16/2021

Beautiful morel illustration (Morchella esculenta) by Lewis David von Schweinitz, the "Father of American Mycology". Did you find some this season?

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This month we officially launch our new public portal for to our new archives collection database.  The new systems cont...
06/09/2021

This month we officially launch our new public portal for to our new archives collection database. The new systems contains collection guides (or finding aids) for archival collections from the Drexel University Archives, the Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections at the College of Medicine, and the archives at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Learn more and search the Academy Archives!

https://www.library.drexel.edu/news-and-events/news/libraries-news/2021/June/New_Archival_Database/

Drexel University Launches New Archival Collections Database June 3, 2021 On June 1, 2021, the Drexel University Libraries officially launched a public portal to a new archival collections database called ArchivesSpace. The ArchivesSpace database replaces separate archives information management sys...

“Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, etc., when playing together...
06/08/2021

“Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, etc., when playing together, like our own children.” – Charles Darwin
Darwin documented the emotional reactions of animals by focusing on body language and facial expression and concluded that animals are sentient. Most animals choose to present happiness through play. Some animals play fight, while others like alligators will repetitively slide down natural waterslides for fun.

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How would you like to have a Philly pigeon as a pet? The pigeons we see on the streets today are descendants from pigeon...
06/01/2021

How would you like to have a Philly pigeon as a pet? The pigeons we see on the streets today are descendants from pigeons who were domesticated for thousands of years. The illustrations above from “A Treatise on Domestic Pigeons” by John Moore shows what pigeons looked like when they were domestic animals.

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Ferns are a resilient group of vascular plants that have lived on earth for up to 360 million years. In Pennsylvania, fe...
05/25/2021

Ferns are a resilient group of vascular plants that have lived on earth for up to 360 million years. In Pennsylvania, fern fossils have been found that are around 300 million years old. In “A Second Century of Ferns”, Sir William Jackson Ho**er encapsulates the beauty of ferns in his illustrations.

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Before and after of artwork by Alexander Wilson. The completed illustration is featured in “The Wilson Journal of Ornith...
05/18/2021

Before and after of artwork by Alexander Wilson. The completed illustration is featured in “The Wilson Journal of Ornithology”. Engraving by A. Lawson. Belted Kingfisher. In 1986, the belted kingfisher appeared on the Canadian $5 note as part of the “Birds of Canada” series.

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Artist and naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur was part of a French expedition sent to Australia in 1800 (organized by ...
05/11/2021

Artist and naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur was part of a French expedition sent to Australia in 1800 (organized by Napoleon) that was sent to map the terrain of the land. When the expedition arrived back in France four years later, they carried in a collection of over 100,000 specimens, including 2,500 new species. The illustration pictured above (Aequoria undulata) is part of a collection of Lesueur’s artwork made of the species found on the Australian expedition.

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Today is International Leopard Day!! Leopards are the most widespread big cat and can be found in many different habitat...
05/03/2021

Today is International Leopard Day!! Leopards are the most widespread big cat and can be found in many different habitats. Leopards are classified as a vulnerable species due to poaching and other harmful human activities. The leopard subspecies Panthera pardus orientalis (Amur Leopard) is critically endangered with less than 100 individuals left in the wild.

Image: QL737.C2 E46
Elliot, D. (1883). A monograph of the Felidœ or family of the cats.

F. A. Sampson collecting shells in Missouri. (Coll. 457)This is a great weekend to get outside, commune with nature and ...
04/30/2021

F. A. Sampson collecting shells in Missouri. (Coll. 457)

This is a great weekend to get outside, commune with nature and be a part of a global citizen science project.

Today through Sunday Philadelphia is taking part in the world wide City Nature Challenge (https://cncphilly.org/). You can participate - check out the website for details on how you can contribute!

One of the best parts of springtime is waking up to the birds singing in the early morning.  Pictured here is the Europe...
04/28/2021

One of the best parts of springtime is waking up to the birds singing in the early morning.

Pictured here is the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) from The History of Singing Birds by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Compte de Buffon. This bird is commonly found chirping across Europe in the mornings. The American Robin, which we see everywhere in the springtime around Philadelphia, is named after the European Robin because of their similarly colored red breasts.

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In 1896 the American Entomological Society which had (and still has) it's headquarters at the Academy paid the sum of $1...
04/15/2021

In 1896 the American Entomological Society which had (and still has) it's headquarters at the Academy paid the sum of $15.83 for some modernization - the installation of a washstand and water. This has us wondering when running water was first introduced to our building, when were the first flushing toilets installed, do our records contain this information? More research needs to be done!

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You may have seen the Penn Museum's announcement with regards to repatriation and the Morton Skull Collection.  That col...
04/13/2021

You may have seen the Penn Museum's announcement with regards to repatriation and the Morton Skull Collection. That collection began here at the Academy.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is deeply sorry for the role it has played in the Samuel G. Morton Cranial Collection. We strongly support the recommendations of the Morton Collection Committee and Penn Museum’s intention to return the remains of individuals in the collection to their descendants and communities of origin.

This collection originates at the Academy where Morton (1799-1851) served as president. Morton collected and studied human skulls – including those of Black Philadelphians – to support theories of white supremacy, which, like Penn Museum, the Academy vigorously rejects.

The Academy apologizes unequivocally for its historical involvement in the acquisition, possession and treatment of unethically acquired and held ancestors and remains utterly committed to building, through its mission, a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

Fossil of a sea star1846 sketch by John Locke (the American naturalist and photographer, 1792-1856, NOT the English phil...
04/01/2021

Fossil of a sea star
1846 sketch by John Locke (the American naturalist and photographer, 1792-1856, NOT the English philosopher!)

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This lovely bird was painted by British botanist William Ho**er in Glasgow and presented to the naturalist Henry Johnson...
03/25/2021

This lovely bird was painted by British botanist William Ho**er in Glasgow and presented to the naturalist Henry Johnson in 1835.

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We have a few letters in the Archives from Lewis and learned more about her and her work connected to the Delaware Count...
03/23/2021

We have a few letters in the Archives from Lewis and learned more about her and her work connected to the Delaware County Institute of Science during last week's In Her Own Right PACSCL: The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries Symposium.

"A young entomologist perplexes over “Physiological Species” and attempting to draw the lines between the various specie...
03/22/2021

"A young entomologist perplexes over “Physiological Species” and attempting to draw the lines between the various species of Callimorpha and the varieties of Epicallia Verginalis. +c. +c.
Age 3 yrs. 10 mos.
Dorothy J. Snyder daughter of [entomologist] Prof. A. J. Snyder of Belvidere, Ill."

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Edward Nolan might not be able to travel to his ancestral land  this St. Patrick's day, but he can spend some time in th...
03/17/2021

Edward Nolan might not be able to travel to his ancestral land this St. Patrick's day, but he can spend some time in the stacks with our many books related to the natural history of Ireland.

QL257 T4 Natural History of Ireland, Birds, Volume III

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