Hawaii, 1923 (Tanager Expedition) : journal of Donald Ryder Dickey, 24 March - 28 April 1923, Typescript copy

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The journal is that of photographer, Donald Dickey, and was sent to Alexander Wetmore by Jane P. Church in October 1969. The journal describes Donald's Dickey's experiences as a member of the Tanager Expedition to Hawaii, during 1923. The journal begins with his departure from California, and continues through his arrival in Hawaii, meeting the other expedition participants and the subsequent voyage. Entries are chronological, and pages are numbered. He includes weather, location, latitude and longitude positions, and bearing at the beginning of entries. He discusses members of the crew, repairs, daily activities, observations of wildlife (uses common and scientific names) and vegetation; descriptions of vacated structures on islands; films made; photographs taken; and extensive descriptions of Teals and Terns. Extensive descriptions of Laysan Island.

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 24, 1923

End Date

Apr 28, 1923

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Laysan Island
  • French Frigate Shoals
  • United States
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaiian Islands


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 142 Folder 7