Catalogue of the marine invertebrates collected by W. H. Dall

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This field book is the catalogue of marine invertebrates collected by William Healey Dall (1845-1927) during expeditions to Alaska and various areas of the Pacific Ocean. Dean of Alaskan explorations, Dall began his scientific career as a member of the Scientific Corps of the Alaskan Western Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865. In 1871, he was appointed to the United States Coast Survey, where he continued his studies of Alaska and the northern Pacific Coast. Dall left the Coast Survey in 1884 to accept the rank of Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey, a position he held until 1925. Having assembled and described some of the collections of mollusks and other organisms held by the Smithsonian's United States National Museum since 1868, Dall served as Honorary Curator of the Museum's Division of Mollusks from 1880 until his death. The book, whose spine is broken and leaves are loose, starts with numbered entries on stations with brief details on depth, conditions, observed animal species. Sometimes coordinates are indicated. It goes on with a catalogue of specimens organized by year of collection, mostly of marine invertebrates. A few notes are inserted.

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  • Marine Biology
  • Crustacea
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Animals
  • Mollusks
  • Marine animals


  • Alaska
  • Pacific Ocean


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 17-119

Collection name

William Healey Dall papers, 1866-1867, 1871-1874, 1880

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1, folder 1