Alaska, March 10 - April 3, 1880

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This field book documents Nelson's field work in the North Slope region (including Tupkak) and possibly along the north west coast of Alaska between 10 March and 3 April 1880. During this time, Nelson was on general assignment to study the zoology of Alaska, as well as geology, meteorology, and ethnology. This notebook contains ethnological and natural history observations. Natural history observations are primarily of birds, mammals, and plants. Nelson provides detailed description of his daily events and surrounding environment through which he travels. Nelson's ethnological observations include notes on song, dance (related sketch is included), and language (possibly Iñupiaq or another Inuit language). Populations of villages Nelson visits are noted. Weather information, including temperatures, is also included.

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 10, 1880

End Date

Apr 03, 1880

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  • Animals
  • Mammalogists
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Geology--Alaska
  • Ethnology--Alaska
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • Alaska
  • Tupkak Bar


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007364

Collection name

Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman Collection, circa 1873-1946 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 12 Folder 1