H.R. Stevens, 1853

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Marked "memo of collection", the list of specimens was created by Lieutenant H.R. Stevens for the United States North Pacific Exploring Expedition (1853-1856), August 11 - September 13, 1853. Describes marine specimens, several of which are not identified, but whose characteristics and behavior are described as "phosphorescent" and "sparks of fire". List details number, location caught (latitude and longitude), size measurements, method collected, and physical description. Includes also shells, a bird, and squid.

Date Range


Start Date

Aug 11, 1853

End Date

Sep 13, 1853

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates
  • Ornithology


Atlantic Ocean


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence

Accession #

SIA RU007253

Collection name

United States North Pacific Exploring Expedition, (1853-1856) Records, 1852-1861 and undated

Physical Description

1 letter

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 7