David Dale Owen's Survey, July 1848-November 1848

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The field book documents Fielding Meek's participation in David Dale Owen's Survey, 1848-1849, which covered the states of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The book begins with an itinerary for April to July 29, 1848. Journal entries cover July 30 to November 8, 1848. Entries begin with date, temperature and weather. Details include descriptions of strata and rock formations, vegetation, terrain, daily activities, activities of survey participants. Much of the survey is spent following rivers: Saint Croix, Blue Earth, Minnesota, Chippewa. Back of the notebook includes sketches, tables, list of participants, notes of survey on St. Peters River [Minnesota River], listof formations, provisions, and Sioux terms with English translations.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 30, 1848

End Date

Nov 08, 1848

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


  • Blue Earth River
  • Saint Croix River
  • United States
  • Chippewa
  • Minnesota
  • Stillwater
  • 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 3