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July 31, 2014

An Empire of Skulls: The History of The Samuel George Morton Cranial Collection and Scientific Collecting Practices in 19th Century Philadelphia

Brandon Zimmerman is an independent scholar who received a Research Fellowship in 2013-2014 to study Samuel George Morton’s collection of skulls and how it was display.

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July 31, 2014

Terra Desconhecida: Nature, Knowledge, and Society in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil and Bolivia

Jason Kauffman studies History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He recieved a 2013-2014 Research Fellowship to study the production of knowledge about the wetlands between Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

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July 31, 2014

Moving Beyond Vision: Eadweard Muybridge in Philadelphia

Emily Handlin studies at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University.  She received a Research Fellowship in 2013-2014 for her dissertation project on the production and reception of Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion

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July 31, 2014

Shared Strength of Consortium Collections

An example of the shared strength of consortium institutions is the ability to see several copies of a single rare book on one research trip.

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July 31, 2014

New Collection on Veterinary Science at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

In 2012, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania purchased the papers of veterinarian George F. Parry and his family. George F. Parry (1838-1886) of Bucks County, PA, was one of the first veterinarians to receive professional veterinary training in the United States. 

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Equipment of W.J.V. Osterhout (1871-1964), plant physiologist
Courtesy of the American Philosophical Society