Panorama #985b
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View selected panoramas from SI Archives. The original prints are on display at the Walcott exhibit at the Canadian Embassy, Washington D.C. from 5 March to 28 May, 2004.

Smithsonian Institution Archives presents the panoramic photographs of Charles D. Walcott. These breathtaking images were taken in the Canadian Rockies, near British Columbia, Canada, in the early part of the 20th century and carry both scientific and aesthetic value.

Secretary Walcott writing in his diary - Click to view larger image

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Walcott near boulder - Click to view larger image[2004-25856; RU 7004, Box 44 Folder 10]

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Charles Doolittle Walcott, fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1907 to 1927, was a paleontologist and the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey at the time of his appointment. With a personal focus on North American Cambrian fossils, he traveled widely in the United States and Canada in support of his research. During 1909, while in the Canadian Rockies, Dr. Walcott discovered what has come to be known as the Burgess Shale. Neither Walcott nor the scientific community as a whole realized the importance of this discovery at the time, but the Burgess Shale came to be recognized as one of the most important geologic findings of the 20th century. Full article...

Photographing the Rockies

Treasures of the Burgess Shale 

A Walcott Family Affair

Conservation of Panoramic Photographs
History of the Exhibition