Notebook no. 1, February - March 1876

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The field book documents the field work of Richard Rathbun along the Bahia railroad in Brazil while working as a geologist on the Geological Commission of Brazil, February 1 - March 7, 1876. Entries are dated and narrative in structure. They describe daily activities, routes traveled, colleagues with whom he worked, terrain and geological characteristics seen enroute, observations and abundance of invertebrates observed (including crabs), specimens collected. Also lists the local names of wildlife. It appears that collecting occurred in fresh and salt water. Includes two plant specimens.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 01, 1876

End Date

Mar 07, 1876

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  • Marine Invertebrates
  • Limnology
  • Geology
  • Invertebrates


  • Brazil
  • Bahia


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 16-211

Collection name

Richard Rathbun Papers, 1876-1877

Physical Description

1 notebook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 1