SIA RU007062, Meek, F. B (Fielding Bradford) 1817-1876, Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated

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Summary

Creator:
Meek, F. B (Fielding Bradford) 1817-1876
Title:
Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated
Dates:
1843, 1843-1877, 1843-1877 and undated
Notes:
Fielding B. Meek (1817-1876), paleontologist, joined the staff of the Smithsonian in 1858 and was eventually made Resident Collaborator in Paleontology, a position he held until his death. While at the Smithsonian, he continued his earlier association with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden and other leading geologists and paleontologists
Summary:
These papers consist of correspondence, mostly incoming, concerning specimens and geological observations; notebooks and diaries resulting from field work; manuscripts and original plate illustrations; and miscellaneous personal papers
Topic:
Paleontology
Subjects:
Meek, F. B (Fielding Bradford) 1817-1876, Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887
Form/Genre:
Diaries, Collection descriptions, Field notes
Local Number:
SIA RU007062
Physical Description:
1.3 linear meters

Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7062

Meek, F. B,(Fielding Bradford),1817-1876

Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Meek, F. B,(Fielding Bradford),1817-1876
Title: Fielding B. Meek Papers
Dates: 1843-1877 and undated
Quantity: 1.3 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 7062
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

Fielding B. Meek (1817-1876) was born December 10, 1817, in Madison, Indiana, of Irish Presbyterian ancestry. His father was an eminent local lawyer who died when Meek was only three years old. Meek's early education in Indiana, and later Kentucky, was constantly interrupted due to ill health. Health problems, including deafness and tuberculosis, continued to plague him throughout his life. Meek attended good public schools, but was largely self-educated in the natural sciences. His first practical scientific experience was gained as an assistant in David Dale Owen's U.S. Geological Survey of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in 1848 and 1849. During 1852-1858 (excepting three summers) Meek was employed at Albany, New York, by the paleontologist James Hall. The summer of 1853 was spent in the Bad Lands of Nebraska in association with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, while those of 1854 and 1855 were spent with George Clinton Swallow's Geological Survey of Missouri. Meek's association with Hall was terminated in 1858 when a dispute arose over the discovery of the occurrence of Permian fossils in North America.

Meek joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution in 1858 as the Institution's first full-time paleontologist. In lieu of salary, Joseph Henry allotted Meek living quarters in the Smithsonian Castle Building. Until his death, Meek continued to live in the Castle, eventually gaining the title of resident collaborator in paleontology. At the Smithsonian Meek also renewed his acquaintance with F. V. Hayden, joining him on many of Hayden's surveys of the western territories. Meek and Hayden's most notable resulting publication was Paleontology of the Upper Missouri (1865). Meek also worked for the Ohio Geological Survey under John Strong Newberry, and with Amos Henry Worthen on the Geological Survey of Illinois. Although Meek was responsible for most of the invertebrate fossil work for the Illinois Survey, the reports were published jointly under the names of Worthen and Meek. Meek's bibliography contains 106 titles, including those publications written in conjunction with Hayden, Worthen, and others. His most important publication was his "Report on the Invertebrate Cretaceous and Tertiary Fossils of the Upper Missouri Country" (1876). Fielding B. Meek died of tuberculosis in his quarters at the Smithsonian on December 21, 1876.

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Introduction

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Descriptive Entry

The collection consists of correspondence 1849-1876, mostly incoming, concerning specimens and geological observations; notebooks, 1846-1872 and diaries, 1871-1875, resulting from Meek's field work; manuscripts and original plate illustrations; and miscellaneous personal papers, including a catalogue of the Meek library made soon after his death.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7062, Meek, F. B,(Fielding Bradford),1817-1876, Fielding B. Meek Papers

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Container List

Series 1

INCOMING AND OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, 1849-1876, ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Box 1

A - C

Box 1 of 11

Box 2

D - G

Box 2 of 11

Box 3

H - K

Box 3 of 11

Box 4

L - P

Box 4 of 11

Box 5

R - Ste

Box 5 of 11

Box 6

Sti - A. H. Worthen, 1857-1865

Box 6 of 11

Box 7

A. H. Worthen, 1866-1876 - Z; unidentified

Box 7 of 11

Series 2

MANUSCRIPTS AND RELATED PAPERS, 1865-1876 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

Box 7

Paleontology of the Upper Missouri, Part 1, Plates #1-2, 4-5 (cont'd.) (plate #3 is missing), 1865

Box 7 of 11

Paleontology of the Upper Missouri, Part 2, Plates #1-35, 1865 (7 folders)

Box 7 of 11

Box 8

Paleontology of the Upper Missouri, Part 2, Plates #36-45, 1865 (2 folders)

Box 8 of 11

Ohio Paleontology, Plates A-W, Ca. 1873

Box 8 of 11

Report of the Paleontological Collections of the Expedition, 1876 (from Explorations Across the Great Basin of Utah in 1859, by J. H. Simpson)

Box 8 of 11

"Fossils of the Fresh and Brackish-water Lignite Series," n.d.

Box 8 of 11

Unidentified manuscript, pp. 1-99, n.d. - mostly specimen descriptions (4 folders)

Box 8 of 11

Incomplete manuscript notes, n.d.

Box 8 of 11

Series 3

MISCELLANY, 1843-1876 AND UNDATED, UNARRANGED.

Box 8

Miscellaneous notes, n.d. (mostly specimen descriptions) (cont'd.)

Box 8 of 11

Photographs and drawings, 1875 and undated (Meek's family and friends, some specimens)

Box 8 of 11

Newspaper clippings, 1855-1876 and undated

Box 8 of 11

Circulars and announcements, 1858-1876 and undated

Box 8 of 11

Financial Records, 1858 and 1866-1874 (mostly re: real estate taxes)

Box 8 of 11

Catalogue of the Library of Fielding B. Meek, 1877

Box 8 of 11

Lawrence, Byrem. A Concise Description of the Geological Formations and Mineral Localities of the Western States; ... Boston, 1843, 48 pp.

Box 8 of 11

Box 9

Certificates, 1854-1873

Box 9 of 11

Diplomas, 1856-1869

Box 9 of 11

Series 4

NOTEBOOKS AND DIARIES, 1846-1875, ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

Box 10

Folder 1 Sketchbook - Kentucky and Minnesota, n.d.

Box 10 of 11

Folder 2 Notebooks 2-4; 2, Kentucky, 1846; 3, David Dale Owen's Survey, ca. 1848; 4, David Dale Owen's Survey, April 1848-July 1848

Box 10 of 11

Folder 3 Notebooks 5-6; 5, David Dale Owen's Survey, July 1848-November 1848; 6, David Dale Owen's Survey, 1849, Part I

Box 10 of 11

Folder 4 Notebook 7, David Dale Owen's Survey, 1849, Part II

Box 10 of 11

Folder 5 Notebooks 8-10; 8, Notes, ca. 1852; 9, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Albany, New York, 1852-1853, Washington, D.C., 1861; 10, Notes, 1853

Box 10 of 11

Folder 6 Notebook 11, Missouri Geological Survey, 1853-1854. Catalogue of Prof. James Hall's library, n.d.

Box 10 of 11

Folder 7 Notebooks 12-14; 12, Missouri Geological Survey, Notebook No. 2, 1854; 13, Kentucky, 1857; Account with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, 1857-1859; Montana and Wyoming, n.d.; List of addresses of foreign geologists, n.d.; List of books on paleontology in S.I. library, n.d.; 14, Nebraska Territory (?), 1858

Box 10 of 11

Box 11

Folder 1 Notebooks 15-16; 15 Wisconsin, Missouri, etc., 1858-1859; Washington, D.C., 1862; 16, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, 1860-1869

Box 11 of 11

Folder 2 Notebooks 17-19; Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, 1862; 18, New Jersey, 1863;19 Account book with the Ridgely National Bank, 1866-1869

Box 11 of 11

Folder 3 Notebook 20. Iowa and Nebraska, 1867 (also contains loose material from Kansas and Missouri, n.d.)

Box 11 of 11

Folder 4 Notebooks 21-22; 21, Notes, ca. 1868; 22, Ohio, 1870-1871

Box 11 of 11

Folder 5 Notebooks 23-24; 23, Diary, 1871; 24, Diary, 1872

Box 11 of 11

Folder 6 Notebooks 25-26; 25, Union Pacific Railroad (with Henry M. Bannister), 1872; 26, Diary, 1873

Box 11 of 11

Folder 7 Notebooks 27-28; 27, Diary, 1874; 28. Diary, 1875

Box 11 of 11

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