Alaska, September 8 - October 20, 1881

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This field book documents Nelson's field research between Kotzebue Sound, Alaska and San Francisco, California between 8 September and 20 October 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 notes on travel natural history observations and collecting, particularly regarding birds. Nelson describes birds, fish, and mammal fossils (mammoth and bison) he observes and collects as well as the geology of the locations he visits. Other locations include but are not limited to Eschscholtz Bay, Captain's Bay, and "Vancouver Island". Weather conditions were recorded along with temperatures. Numerous sketches are included. Nelson's notes also contain ethnological observations.

Date Range


Start Date

Sep 08, 1881

End Date

Oct 20, 1881

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


  • United States
  • Kotzebue Sound
  • Alaska
  • Eschscholtz Bay
  • Captains Bay


  • 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 8