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

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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.

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  • Grand Canyon
  • Mexico
  • Arizona


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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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