Official note-book no. 5, Lester Ward, October 3, 1898 - June 23, 1901

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The field book documents the field work of Lester F. Ward for the US Geological Survey, October 3, 1898 - June 23, 1901. Entries are dated and list type of work completed; last names of colleagues, if worked with; and collecting locations. Entries describe travel details, meetings with colleagues, shipments, collections studied, geological descriptions (terrain, geological periods, measurements, layer composition, geological sections,) as well as fossil specimens collected. Locations descriptions include names of towns, ranches. Locations include South Dakota (Sturgis); Arizona (Williams, Holbrook); Norfolk, England.

Date Range


Start Date

Oct 03, 1898

End Date

Jun 23, 1901

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  • Geology
  • Paleobotany
  • Paleontology


  • Williams
  • United States
  • South Dakota
  • Holbrook
  • Sturgis
  • Arizona


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 07-041

Collection name

Geological Survey (U.S.), field notebooks, 1881-1915 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 2 Folder 3 Envelope 1