Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1931 : volume VIII, Cuba with Powell; Jamaica with Langley; Mexico with Gilbert and Dutton; California with McGee; Physical Anthropology, Hrdlicka, Current Work 1900

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This is eight of sixteen volumes that document the life and work of William Henry Holmes. Holmes combined text and supporting documents including original drawings, watercolors, photographs, correspondence, official documents, news clippings, and memorabilia. The volume covers 1897 to 1902, and is divided into five sections. The first section describes work in Cuba and Jamaica in 1900 with Smithsonian Institution Secretary Samuel P. Langley and J. W. Powell, Director of the Geological Survey and of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Langley was recording field observations of a buzzard, locally known as the John Crow, for the purposes of his work on “flying machines”. Holmes includes notes and measurements relating to this work. He references photographs of the birds, not included in the volume. Section two covers his trip to study ethnology and anthropology in California with W. J. McGee in 1898. Section three describes a visit to Mexico with Major Clarence E. Dutton and G. K. Gilbert in 1899 to make geological and archaeological observations. Section four covers the organization of the Division of Physical Anthropology. Section five covers Holmes’ archaeological work.

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  • Cuba
  • Mexico
  • Jamaica


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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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