David Dale Owen's Survey, 1848 Apr - July

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The field book documents geological observations of F. B. Meek during David Dale Owen's surveys, April 6 - July 1848. In the beginning of the notebook is a list of Indian names of locations, list of staff and their positions, miscellaneous notes, and birds seen or heard on the St. Peters River [Minnesota River] in Minnesota. Pages are numbered. Entries are dated and describe travel details, geological landmarks and terrain, fossils, vegetation observed, types of stone and geological characteristics observed, weather, temperature, daily activities, and interactions with participants. Locations include but are not limited to sites in Minnesota and Iowa. There are references to Fort Snelling.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 06, 1848

End Date

Jun 30, 1848

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  • Geology
  • Plants
  • Paleontology
  • Botany


  • Iowa
  • United States
  • Minnesota


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007062

Collection name

Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 10 Folder 2