Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931 : Cullings, largely personal, from the scrap heap of three score years and ten, devoted to science, literature and art

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The sixteen volumes document the life and work of William Henry Holmes relating to his work as an anthropologist, archaeologist, artist, and geologist. The volumes were assembled by Holmes and include descriptions of his travels, personal anecdotes, and work for agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bureau of Ethnology. Volumes include numerous inserts including original drawings and watercolors, news clippings, official documents, correspondence, portions of publications, as transcriptions from field notes books. There are references in the volumes to field notes and diaries not being retained. The original collection contained twenty volumes. Volumes seventeen to twenty were not given to the library. Volume twenty is held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Eight volumes were cataloged for their field documentation.|There is an additional reference document completed by Susan Zilber in 1972 that supplies a table of contents and description of inserts throughout the volumes. The copy is held at the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library.

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Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1929


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