Diary July 14 - November 30, 1867

ID: SIA RU007073

Creator: Dall, William Healey, 1845-1927

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1867

Citation: William H. Dall Papers, circa 1839-1858, 1862-1927

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Diary documents travels of William Healey Dall July 14 - November 30, 1867 during the Western Union Telegraph Expedition. Entries are written on the right hand side of the book, left hand side left or sketches and maps. Includes hand drawn map of a region visited, with locations indicated in a foreign language (conceivably an Indigenous language); inventory including structures and sleds; provisions; sketches of indigenous people; list of Russian and American participants; cross sections with descriptions; sketches of Native American tools and pottery; poetry/lyrics; descriptions of insects; and mineral specimens collected and prepared. On July 24th, receives word of the American Purchase of Alaska.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 14, 1867

End Date

Nov 30, 1867

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  • Geology
  • Natural History
  • Natural history


  • United States
  • Yukon River
  • Nulato Hills
  • Alaska


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007073

Collection name

William H. Dall Papers, circa 1839-1858, 1862-1927

Physical Description

1 diary

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 20 Folder 4