Field notes and diary, Iowa, Illinois, October-November 1906

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The field notes and diary document Bohumil Shimek's work in Iowa, Illinois, October 13 - November 5, 1906. Pages are numbered. Entries are dated and often headed with location. They describe observations of river banks, bluffs, and cuts into terrain for the construction of railroad lines. Entries detail shape of terrain and sometimes include evidence of drift, presence of fossils, measurements, layers, composition, color, and appearance. The notebook includes lists of expenses listed by date and trip. Includes sketches and geological sections. Often locations are described as a distance between two towns. A little over half of the notebook is blank. Locations include the vicinity of Ottumwa, Albia, Unionville, Columbus Junction, Fruitland, Fairfield, Rome, Iowa; Joy, Gladstone, Illinois.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 13, 1906

End Date

Nov 05, 1906

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  • Geology
  • Plants
  • Paleontology
  • Botany


  • Columbus Junction
  • Iowa
  • Rome
  • United States
  • Joy
  • Ottumwa
  • Illinois
  • Fruitland
  • Gladstone
  • Albia
  • Fairfield
  • Unionville


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA RU007082

Collection name

Bohumil Shimek Papers, 1878-1936

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 2 Folder 13 Envelope 3