Alaska, August 12 - September 7, 1881

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This field book documents Nelson's field research between Wrangell Island and Kotzebue Sound in Alaska between 12 August and 7 September 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 and natural history notes. Nelson describes the flora and fauna, particularly birds at Diomedes Island and seals at Wrangell Island, of the locations he visits. Other locations include but are not limited to "Plover Bay" and "Point Barrow". Weather conditions were recorded along with temperatures. Nelson includes sketches of various natural history and ethnological specimen, observations and locations. Coordinates and sketch of Clarks River is also included.

Date Range


Start Date

Aug 12, 1881

End Date

Sep 07, 1881

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  • Zoology--Alaska
  • Ethnology--Alaska


  • Wrangell Island
  • United States
  • Point Barrow
  • Kotzebue Sound
  • Alaska
  • Little Diomede Island


  • 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 7