Mexico, February 19 - May 2, 1897

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This diary documents Nelson's field research and travels with Edward Goldman in Mexico between 19 February and 2 May 1897. Most of Nelson's notes describe the vegetation surrounding the locations he traveled through. Some notes on birds observed and collected and a note about porpoises harpooned off of Maria Madre Island are also included. Locations include but are not limited to San Sebastian, Bay of Banderas, Valle Banderas, Tepic, San Blas, and Maria Madre Island. Nelson also takes notes reflecting his observations of local people and social customs.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 19, 1897

End Date

May 02, 1897

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  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Banderas, Bahía de
  • Tepic
  • María Madre, Isla
  • Mexico
  • San Blas
  • San Sebastián


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

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 14 Folder 8