Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1931 : volume II, Explorations, Episodes and Adventures, Expositions and Congresses

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This is the second of sixteen volumes compiled by William Henry Holmes to document his life and work. The volume contains original correspondences, documents, ephemera, watercolors, and photographs throughout. It is divided into four sections. The first contains a list of descriptions of his explorations from 1872 to 1920. Section two describes episodes and adventures from 1872-1920. This begins with a list of stories, which he describes using portions of letters, original field note books, news clippings, photographs (also with colleagues), and original drawings including a field drawing of a flower. This includes work completed with A. C. Peale and geological notes from Hayden expedition. Field work locations include Yellowstone, Colorado, and Mexico. Section three describes expositions between 1876-1916 across the United States in which U.S. Geological Survey and Smithsonian Institution took part. Section four documents the second Pan American Congress in Washington, D.C., during December 1915- January 1916; Fourteenth International Congress in Stutgart, August 1904; and the nineteenth International Congress during December 1915 - January 1916.

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  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Montana
  • United States
  • Colorado
  • Mexico


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
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  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Memorabilia

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931 : Cullings, largely personal, from the scrap heap of three score years and ten, devoted to science, literature and art

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1 field book

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