Alaska, October 6 - December 6, 1880

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This field book documents Nelson's field work near St. Michael and the Yukon area (including Anvik) in Alaska between 6 October and 6 December 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 mostly ethnological and some natural history observations. Natural history observations are primarily descriptions of geology, flora that grow in the various locations Nelson travels, as well as birds, small mammals, and invertebrates such as mussels, crustaceans and squirts observed along his journey. Weather conditions were recorded along with temperatures. A sketched map and other sketches are included. Nelson's ethnological observations include notes on customs, song, dance, mythology, and language.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 06, 1880

End Date

Dec 06, 1880

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  • Zoology--Alaska
  • Geology--Alaska
  • Ethnology--Alaska
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • United States
  • Anvik River
  • Saint Michael
  • Yukon River
  • Alaska
  • Anvik


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary
  • Maps

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 2