Biological notes on the islands visited by the schooner Julia E. Whalen from Oct. 30, 1898 to June 11 1899

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Journal kept by R. E. Snodgrass on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands while aboard the schooner "Julia E. Whalen," 30 October 1898 to 11 June 1899. Localities include but are not limited to Narborough Island (currently Fernandina, Albemarle Island (currently Isabela), James Island (also known as Santiago or San Salvador), Indefatigable Island (currently Santa Cruz, Isla), Charles Island (currently Santa María), and Hood Island (currently Española). Also included is a 1940 letter from Waldo L. Schmitt thanking Snodgrass for sharing this journal. This journal contains notes about specimens collected or observed. Snodgrass collects birds, spiders, dragon flies, and perhaps other types of specimens during this trip. Lists of specimens are provided; Snodgrass identifies which specimens were collected and which were observed only. Notes for specimens are detailed. Notes for birds sometimes contain sketches of beaks and descriptions or transcriptions of bird songs. Notes on seals are also included. Three illustrations of islands on which Snodgrass collected are also included. This item contains 202 pages, including a 2 page index in the back.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 30, 1898

End Date

Jun 11, 1899

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  • Animals
  • Entomology
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Fernandina, Isla
  • San Salvador, Isla
  • Ecuador
  • Galápagos
  • Santa Cruz, Isla
  • Isabela, Isla
  • Española, Isla
  • Santa María, Isla


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary
  • Scientific illustrations

Accession #

SIA Acc. 94-045

Collection name

R. E. (Robert E.) Snodgrass journal, 1898-1899

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 1