Notebook containing sketches, natural history notes, and drawings especially of fishes, and misc., undated

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Abstract

This item includes landscape sketches of various locations in Pennsylvania, New York state, and New Jersey, including but not limited to Sherman Creek (Pennsylvania), Catskill Mountains (New York), and New Brunswick (New Jersey). A few landscapes seem to indicate locations in Labrador (Canada), Baltimore (Maryland), and Santiago (Chile). The Canadian and Chilean locations are questionable. Also contains Rafinesque's field notes and sketches of fish, fossils, a few insect and botanical specimen with identifications and descriptions. Measurements are recorded on many of the fish sketches. Also included are a few roughly sketched maps (these are difficult to read), and a note glued to the cover verso, dated Feb. 5, 1841, and signed by James Mease regarding the value or sale of a gold medal given to Rafinesque by the Geographic Society of Paris.

Date Range

1800-1840

Start Date

1800

End Date

1840

Access Information

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Topic

  • Landscapes
  • Animals
  • Entomology
  • Ichthyology
  • Mollusks
  • Fossils

Place

  • New York
  • Baltimore
  • United States
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Landscapes (representations)
  • Scientific illustrations
  • Maps

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 6