Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1931 : volume V, Europe 1879-80; Grand Canyon of the Colorado; Explorations in Mexico with Jackson and the Chains; Colorado with Powell and Langley, 1887

Close
Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact photos@si.edu.
Print

Narrow Your Results

Reset

Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.
 

Abstract

This is five of sixteen volumes compiled by William Henry Holmes to document his life and work. According to the text, his field notes from the period have largely been destroyed. The volume is divided into five sections. The first section covers 1879 with the establishment of the U.S. Geological Survey and Holmes' personal travel to Europe to visit museums. Section two covers 1880 and Holmes' work as a geologist on the Hayden Survey. Contains dated descriptions of route traveled and work completed, including collecting fossils and sketching. There is a biography, correspondence, and publication of geologist Clarence Edward Dutton. Describes mapping of Colorado and the closing of "the Hayden Survey of the Territories." The third section covers a trip in 1884 to Mexico. Section four relates to travel in the Rocky Mountains with Langley and Powell, primarily images. Section five describes the work on the Chicago Exposition and his acceptance of a position with the Chicago Field Museum. Throughout the volume Holmes has inserted original watercolors and drawings, transcriptions and original correspondence, memorabilia including his passport, menus.

Date Range

1879-1894

Start Date

1879

End Date

1894

Access Information

Outside researchers and the public may visit the AA/PG Library without an appointment from 10:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. Researchers may request books and materials from the Library staff, and materials must be used in the reading room

Topic

  • Geology
  • Anthropology

Place

  • United States
  • New Mexico
  • Grand Canyon
  • Mexico
  • Arizona

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations
  • Correspondence
  • Memorabilia

Collection name

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

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution. Libraries

Sublocation

American Art Portrait Gallery Library