Frederick Kreutzfeldt journal, 1853

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This one field journal has 4 copies: a handwritten German version, a handwritten English translation, a typescript in English prepared from the handwritten English translation, and an edited version of the typescript. It seems none of these is the original. In addition, the translations cover the period from June 18 to October 24, 1853, while the German version contains no entries later than October 11, 1853. The journal describes Kreutzfeldts trip possibly in Kansas, New Mexico, Arkansas, the Great Basin, and possibly Colorado during Captain John W. Gunnison's 38th parallel expedition, 1853. His entries are very detailed and include weather information, observations of surrounding flora and fauna, and some specimen numbers. Although Kreutzfeldt collects mostly plant specimens during this trip, he also documents capturing some reptile specimens.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 18, 1853

End Date

Oct 24, 1853

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  • Pacific railroads--Explorations and surveys
  • Botany
  • Plants
  • Botanists


  • United States
  • New Mexico
  • Kansas


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007157

Collection name

Frederick Kreutzfeldt Journal, 1853

Physical Description

4 field books

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Interfiled with SIA RU007156, Box 1 Folder 2-3