Alaska, April 1 - July 7, 1881

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This field book documents Nelson's field work in Saint Michael and surrounding area in Alaska between 1 April and 7 July 1881. During this time, Nelson was on general assignment to study the zoology of Alaska, as well as geology, meteorology, and ethnology. This notebook contains descriptions of birds observed and collected, especially on Diomede Island. Specimen numbers 1923-2056 and egg set numbers 393-395 are included; measurements are provided for these specimens. Weather conditions were recorded along with temperatures. Sketches are also included. Nelson also includes ethnological notes about culture and folklore.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 01, 1881

End Date

Jul 07, 1881

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ethnology--Alaska
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology


  • Norton Bay
  • United States
  • Saint Michael
  • Alaska
  • Little Diomede Island
  • Cape lisburne


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary
  • Illustrations

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 4