Northwest Boundary Survey, 1859

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The note book documents Caleb Kennerly's observations and collecting efforts during the Northwest Boundary Survey, 1859. Begins with a list of supplies and then a descriptive journal style entries of observations of the San Juan Island. Includes details about surveyor's duties, supplies procured, observations of wildlife (including measurements). From the back he records specimen numbers and common names, measurements, collecting locations, and dates. Locations in Washington include Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, and Columbia River.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 01, 1859

End Date

Mar 31, 1859

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • San Juan Islands
  • Puget Sound
  • Columbia River
  • Washington


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007202

Collection name

Caleb Burwell Rowan Kennerly Papers, 1855-1860

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 3