Diary, 1873

ID: SIA RU007073

Creator: Dall, William Healey, 1845-1927

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1873

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

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The diary documents daily activities of William Dall, including his work in Alaska April to November of 1873 while working for the United States Coast Survey (USCS). Entries are chronological, headed with the date, listed on the left hand side of the notebook. Notes, calculations, or illustrations are usually on the right hand side. Entries detail weather, temperature, barometric measurements, travel experiences, and interactions with colleagues and local people. Lists measurement taken by way of signals at Cape Cheerful, bearings for Kinloff and Kiska harbor. In back includes a list of records and work to be done. Additional locations include vicinity of Unimak Cove, Eider village, and Cape Cheerful.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 01, 1873

End Date

Nov 30, 1873

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  • Unimak Cove
  • United States
  • Aleutian Islands
  • Alaska
  • Kiska Island
  • Cape Cheerful
  • Eider (historical)


  • 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 Folder3