Journal, 1855-1856

ID: SIA RU007067

Creator: Cooper, J. G (James Graham) 1830-1902

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1855-1856

Citation: James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated

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The field book covers James Cooper's travels from Olympia, Washington Territory, to San Francisco and the Santa Clara Valley in California. Included are observations of animals, plants, and the natural features of the area, particularly the Columbia River Region. The journal also includes observations on his homeward trip down the California Coast, through Panama, and as far north as Cape Hatteras. He confined his observations to natural phenomena and had little to say about events of the day. He highlights the text with notes in the margins indicating when he is describing birds, weather and other pertinent details. Locations are indicated at the top of pages. There are plant specimens and two snake skins in the notebook. Includes an appendixes and indexes describing birds and trees of California and Columbia Region.

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Start Date

Jan 01, 1855

End Date


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  • Geology
  • Zoology
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • San Francisco
  • Cape Hatteras
  • Oregon
  • Olympic Peninsula
  • United States
  • Panama
  • Puget Sound
  • California
  • Santa Clara Valley
  • Columbia River
  • Washington


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007067

Collection name

James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 2