Field notes and diary, Iowa, 1913, 1914, 1915

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The field notes and diary document Bohumil Shimek's work in Iowa, October 3, 1913 - December 20, 1914; June 7 - August 20, 1915. Pages are numbered and some are tabbed. Entries describe travel details, plants observed, weather,photographs taken (numbered and with description), and collected (live) shells. There are descriptions of oaks and oak groves; these are numbered and include descriptions of individual parts (bark) and location. Terrain described is along railroads and banks of inland bodies of water. Entries are describe revisiting locations, and noting changes to terrain like timber removal. Some notes are crossed out. Includes hand drawn maps. Locations include the vicinity of Decorah, Eldon, Unionville, Keokuk, Swisher, Lake Mills, Mason City, City Park, Homestead, Winterset, Quincy, Confals, Vinton, Earlham, and Iowa City, Iowa.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 03, 1913

End Date

Aug 20, 1915

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  • Geology
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Eldon
  • Decorah
  • Vinton
  • United States
  • Quincy
  • Homestead
  • Harper
  • Iowa
  • Keokuk
  • Earlham
  • Swisher
  • Mason City
  • Winterset
  • Unionville
  • Lake Mills


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps

Accession #

SIA RU007082

Collection name

Bohumil Shimek Papers, 1878-1936

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 3 Folder 1