C.B.R. Kennerly - report to Lt. Parke of an expedition to Orcas Island performed in December 1857 (Northwest Boundary Survey)

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The papers are a report written by C.B.R. Kennerly entitled "Report to Lt. Parke of an Expedition to Orcas Island performed in December 1857" detailing observations during the Northwest Boundary Survey, 1857-1861. The report details activities with Survey participants, locations of camps, adverse weather. The body of the report is organized as a summary of geography, natural history, and agricultural resources of Orcas Island. Includes description of terrain (including distances), good harbors, vegetation found (including names of specific kinds of trees), types of wildlife observed (listed by scientific name), some mention of specimens collected (mentions in letter that these were collected in mind of the geography in which they were found), and appropriateness for farming.

Date Range


Start Date

Dec 29, 1857

End Date


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  • Zoology
  • Agriculture
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • United States
  • Orcas Island
  • San Juan Islands
  • Washington


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Reports

Accession #

SIA RU007202

Collection name

Caleb Burwell Rowan Kennerly Papers, 1855-1860

Physical Description

1 letter

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 11