Diary, 1873-1874

ID: SIA RU007073

Creator: Dall, William Healey, 1845-1927

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1873-1874

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 along the coast of Alaska of 1873 -1874 while working for the United States Coast Survey (USCS). Entries are chronological, headed with the date, and are listed on the left hand side of the notebook for the first half of the diary. Notes, calculations, or illustrations are usually on the right hand side. Entries detail weather, daily activities, observed flora and fauna (i.e. quantity and types of fish found in waters), measurements,. Many of the measurements and calculations focus on three mountains: Fairweather, Edgecomb [Edgecumbe], and Crillon. Other locations include the vicinity of Port Mulgrave and Chignik Bay.

Date Range


Start Date

Dec 01, 1873

End Date

Nov 22, 1874

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  • Geology
  • Zoology
  • United States Coast and Geodetic Survey


  • Mount Crillon
  • Port Mulgrave
  • United States
  • Mount Edgecumbe
  • Mount Fairweather
  • Alaska
  • Chignik Bay


  • 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 4