Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, 1860-1869

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Field book documents Fielding Meek's work with Amos Henry Worthen on the Geological Survey of Illinois as well as work completed in Nebraska. Pages are numbered. Information is entered in several formats. Begins with a list of fossils. Materials were found near Illinois coal sources; the lists include additional location information, sometimes counties including Knox, Mercer, Vermillion, and Fayette County. Some entries are detailed discussions of specimens found in Illinois and Nebraska, sometimes by other people. The entries are headed with the name of the fossil genus, information entered in paragraphs, and include collector, locations, citations, hypotheses and sometimes illustrations. There is a list of fish remains from Nebraska. Fossils discussed were found by Broadhead, Green, Bradley, Worthen. Also includes observations of Paleontology collections in New York, list of expenses for 1869, and in the back of the notebook notes about books lent, borrowed and purchased. Additional locations include vicinity of Grayville and Danville Illinois.

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End Date

May 19, 1870

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  • Geology
  • Coal--Geology
  • Paleontology


  • Danville
  • New York
  • United States
  • Illinois
  • Grayville
  • Canton
  • Fayette
  • Knox
  • Mercer
  • Vermilion
  • Nebraska


  • 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 11 Folder 1