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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7258

Chamberlain, Frederick M., 1867-1921

Frederick M. Chamberlain Papers, 1899-1909

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Chamberlain, Frederick M., 1867-1921
Title: Frederick M. Chamberlain Papers
Dates: 1899-1909
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7258
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This collection consists of bound letterpress books of outgoing correspondence, 1899-1908, and diaries kept by Chamberlain, 1900-1905. Most of the correspondence is official, with smaller amounts of personal material included. The letterpress books also contain correspondence, reports and notes on Chamberlain's work for the Fish Commission and Bureau of Fisheries, particularly his investigations of Alaskan salmon fisheries. The diaries document several official field trips including cruises to Alaska, 1901, 1903-1905; field work in Hawaii, 1902, and Arizona, 1904; and Chamberlain's participation on the third Agassiz- Albatross Expedition to the eastern tropical Pacific, 1904-1905.

Historical Note

Frederick M. Chamberlain (1867-1921) served as a Scientific Assistant and Naturalist for the United States Fish Commission and its successor, the United States Bureau of Fisheries. Much of his work was aboard the steamer Albatross during its various investigations of west coast fisheries.

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Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection consists of bound letterpress books of outgoing correspondence, 1899-1909, and diaries kept by Chamberlain, 1900-1905. Most of the correspondence is official, with smaller amounts of personal material included. The letterpress books also contain correspondence, reports and notes on Chamberlain's work for the Fish Commission and Bureau of Fisheries, particularly his investigations of Alaskan salmon fisheries. The diaries document several official field trips including cruises to Alaska, 1901, 1903-1905; field work in Hawaii, 1902, and Arizona, 1904; and Chamberlain's participation on the third Agassiz Albatross Expedition to the eastern tropical Pacific, 1904-1905.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7258, Frederick M. Chamberlain Papers

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Container List

Series 1

Outgoing Correspondence, 1899-1909. Arranged Chronologically.

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Folder 1 Outgoing correspondence, 3 August 1899-24 March 1905. Includes correspondence concerning a United States Fish Commission cruise to Alaska, 1901; pps. 249-275 contain "Preliminary Report on Alaska Salmon;" pps. 276-298 contain "Report on Fortmann Hatchery;" pps. 334-359 contain report on "Habits of the Salmon;" pps. 582-710 contain "Notes on Alaska Work of 1903;" pps. 760-812 contain "Notes on Work in Arizona, 1904."

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Folder 2 Outgoing correspondence, 27 March 1905-16 January 1909. Includes correspondence regarding the Agassiz-Albatross Expedition to the eastern tropical Pacific, 1904-1905; United States Bureau of Fisheries salmon hatchery investigation at Yes Bay, Alaska, 1905; and a cruise of the Albatross to the Philippine Islands, 1907-1908.

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Series 2

Diaries, 1900-1905. Arranged Chronologically.

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Folder 3 Diary, 1900

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Folder 4 Diary, 1901-1902. Includes entries kept on Alaska salmon fisheries investigation, 1901 and Albatross cruise to Hawaii, 1902.

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Folder 5 Diary, 1903-11 January 1904. Includes entries kept on Albatross trip to Alaska to investigate salmon fisheries, 1903.

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Folder 6 Diary, 12 January 1904-1905. Includes entries documenting field work in Arizona and Alaska, 1904-1905 and Chamberlain's participation on the Agassiz-Albatross Expedition to the eastern tropical Pacific, 1905.

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