Notebook no. 4, April - June 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, April 19 to June 30, 1876. Entries are dated and narrative in structure. They describe characteristics of reefs including the Reef of Mar Grande (with measurements and drawings), routes traveled, daily activities, geological characteristics of terrain, specimens collected, and presence and abundance of fauna. At the end of the volume is a list of expenses paid.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 19, 1876

End Date

Jun 30, 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 4