Alaska, July 25 - August 11, 1881

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This field book documents Nelson's field research between Icy Cape and Wrangell Island in Alaska between 25 July and 11 August 1881 on the ship Corwin during the so called "Corwin Expedition". 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, geological, and zoological notes. Birds, walruses (at "Plover Bay"), measurements of a polar bear, and descriptions of other animals are included. Weather conditions were recorded along with temperatures. Sketches of locations and ethnological artifacts are also included.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 25, 1881

End Date

Aug 11, 1881

Access Information

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  • Zoology--Alaska
  • Ethnology--Alaska


  • Wrangell Island
  • United States
  • Alaska
  • Cape lisburne
  • Icy Cape


  • 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 6