Iowa and Nebraska, 1867 (also contains loose material from Kansas and Missouri, n.d.)

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The field book documents Fielding Meek's work in Nebraska and Iowa, May 17 - July 14, 1867. Pages are numbered, and entries are dated. Includes details about weather; interactions with an Icarian community; daily activities; work with colleagues; terrain (including descriptions of bluffs); strata, formations, and characteristics of stone, sand, and clay; lists of fossils collected (per day); and cross sections. Locations are usually noted, though sometimes by the name of the property owner. There is a list of expenses in the back of the notebook for May 16 - July 27, 1867, and a list of elevations relating to the Central Division Union Pacific Railroad. Locations include the vicinity of Missouri River, Nebraska (Platte Valley, Omaha, Nebraska City), and Iowa (White Breast Creek, Peoria).

Date Range


Start Date

May 17, 1867

End Date

Jul 27, 1867

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  • Icarian movement
  • Geology
  • Paleontology


  • Omaha
  • Nebraska City
  • Saint Joseph
  • Iowa
  • Missouri River
  • United States
  • Peoria
  • Missouri
  • Atchison
  • Kansas
  • White Breast Creek
  • 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 3