Diary, 1872

ID: SIA RU007073

Creator: Dall, William Healey, 1845-1927

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1872

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

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Diary documents William Dall's work in Alaska in 1873 while working for the United States Coast Survey (USCS). Entries are headed with the date, and are listed on the left hand side of the pages. Right hand side includes measurements, notes, of illustrations. Entries detail weather, temperature, barometric readings, tidal measurements per ten minute segments, collecting shell specimens, bird specimens, locations, interactions with participants and local residents. Locations include the coast line of Alaska including the vicinity of Unalaska, Unalga Island, Falmouth Harbor, Delarof Harbor, Porpoise Harbor and Eagle Harbor.|Includes labeled sketches of terrain, harbors, lists of expenses, and notes on received communications.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 01, 1872

End Date

Dec 31, 1872

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  • Natural History
  • United States Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Natural history


  • Unalga Island
  • Eagle Harbor
  • Delarof Harbor
  • United States
  • Aleutian Islands
  • Alaska
  • Porpoise Harbor
  • Unalaska
  • Falmouth Harbor


  • 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 20A Folder 2