William Healey Dall papers, 1866-1867, 1871-1874, 1880

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This collection includes a catalogue of marine invertebrates W. H. Dall collected in Alaska and other places in the Pacific Ocean. Dean of Alaskan explorations, William Healey Dall (1845–1927) began his scientific career as a member of the Scientific Corps of the Alaskan Western Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865. In 1871, he was appointed to the United States Coast Survey, where he continued his studies of Alaska and the northern Pacific Coast. Dall left the Coast Survey in 1884 to accept the rank of Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey, a position he held until 1925. Having assembled and described some of the collections of mollusks and other organisms held by the Smithsonian's United States National Museum since 1868, Dall served as Honorary Curator of the Museum's Division of Mollusks from 1880 until his death.

Date Range

1866-1867, 1871-1874, 1880

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  • Mollusca
  • Crustacea
  • Anthozoa
  • Animalia
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans
  • Corals


  • Alaska
  • Pacific Ocean


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 17-119


1 box

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives