Notebook containing itinerary for May and June 1817 and natural history notes and drawing

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Abstract

Rafinesque's descriptive specimen list of fish, shells, crustaceans, and fungi collected during a field trip from May to June 1817. This item includes numerous detailed drawings of specimens collected. Rafinesque often uses the abbreviation "NG," probably indicating what he thinks is a "new genus." Most of the text is in French, but some entry descriptions are in English and identifications use the English common name and Latin taxonomic name. An itinerary is included at the end of the item. According to the itinerary, Rafinesque collected in various locations in New York including, but not limited to Fishkill (Dutchess County), Newburg, New Windsor, and Verplanck.

Date Range

1817

Start Date

May 20, 1817

End Date

Jun 11, 1817

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Topic

  • Fungi
  • Animals
  • Ichthyology
  • Mollusks
  • Invertebrates
  • Naturalists

Place

  • New York
  • Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
  • United States

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Itineraries
  • Botanical illustrations
  • Scientific illustrations

Accession #

SIA RU007250

Collection name

C. S. (Constantine Samuel) Rafinesque papers, 1815-1834 and undated

Physical Description

1 notebook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 1 Folder 2