Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1931 : volume III, Part I, Yellowstone Explorations, 1872 ; Part II, Yellowstone Explorations, 1878

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This is three 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. The volume is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on his time in Yellowstone National Park while working as an artist for the the survey of the territories, directed by F. V. Hayden, during 1872. The volume begins with a table of contents highlighting descriptions of locations, stories about travels and the people with whom Holmes worked. Includes multiple photographs in the field, with notes regarding locations and individuals photographed, and drawings of wildlife ("snow" rabbit). Contains segments from his original field notes describing daily work, observations of wildlife, and routes traveled. The second part focuses on Holmes' time as a geologist with the survey of Yellowstone in 1878. Part two begins with a list of locations and topics (e.g. interpretation of Canyon geology) covered. Includes segments of daily journal entries and numerous photographs and watercolors of locations. Volume also includes images of Yellowstone from 1870 and 1920.

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  • Geology
  • Zoology
  • Anthropology


  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Montana
  • United States


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations
  • Correspondence
  • 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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