Missouri Geological Survey, 1853-1854, catalogue of Prof. James Hall's library, n.d.

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The field book documents Fielding Meek's participation Geological Survey of the Missouri, July 27 - August 25, 1853, Meek's weather weather observations for Albany, New York, September 30, 1853 - January 22, 1854, and a catalog of Professor James Hall's library. Pages are numbered, and entries are dated. Includes descriptions of travel between destinations; weather; strata and characteristics and types of rock observed; bluffs seen along the river; sections listing locations and descriptions of each layer; interactions between settlers, American Indians, and survey participants; issues arising from Whiskey smuggling; references to sightings of higher quantities of frogs than normal. Locations include Fort Pierre (South Dakota), Council Bluffs (Iowa), Missouri River, White River, and Sargent's Bluff (Iowa).

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 27, 1853

End Date

Jan 22, 1854

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  • Geology
  • Paleontology


  • Sergeant Bluff
  • Iowa
  • Missouri River
  • United States
  • South Dakota
  • Fort Pierre
  • Council Bluffs


  • 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 6