Alaska, September 8 - October 20, 1881

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


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

Access Information

Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at


  • 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