David Dale Owen's survey, April 1848-July 1848

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Field book documents Fielding Meek's participation in David Dale Owen's Survey, 1848-1849, which covered the states of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Beginning includes notes -- Sioux names for local rivers, members of the survey, labeled section of strata observed St. Peters River [Minnesota River], list of birds (Latin and common names) observed near Minnesota River. Pages with journal entries are numbered. Daily entries include date, weather, and temperature. The entries detail strata, terrain and formations seen along rivers traveled including the Mississippi River from St. Louis, past Albany (Illinois), and Bloomington (Iowa); Minnesota River; activities of survey participants; and interactions with local American Indians.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 06, 1848

End Date

Jul 29, 1848

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  • Paleontology -- Mississippi River Valley
  • Historians
  • Paleontology
  • Indians of North America


  • Blue Earth River
  • Iowa
  • United States
  • East Fork Des Moines River
  • Bloomington
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi River
  • Minnesota River


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007062

Collection name

Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 10 Folder 2