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Accession 02-086

United States National Museum. Department of Geology

Field Research Photographs, circa 1909-1924

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum. Department of Geology
Title: Field Research Photographs
Dates: circa 1909-1924
Quantity: 2.74 cu. ft. (3 document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1 5x8 box) (3 3x5 boxes)
Collection: Accession 02-086
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of glass plate negatives of specimens from the Burgess Shale in the Rocky Mountains, near Field, British Columbia, Canada, collected by Charles D. Walcott, fourth Smithsonian Secretary. Materials include glass negatives of fossilized remains embedded in shale slabs and illustrations used in publications, as well as lantern slides used to illustrate lectures. Many of the negatives appear to be original photographs possibly created by the Institution's photographer T. W. Smillie.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of glass plate negatives of specimens from the Burgess Shale in the Rocky Mountains, near Field, British Columbia, Canada, collected by Charles D. Walcott, fourth Smithsonian Secretary. Materials include glass negatives of fossilized remains embedded in shale slabs and illustrations used in publications, as well as lantern slides used to illustrate lectures. Many of the negatives appear to be original photographs possibly created by the Institution's photographer T. W. Smillie.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-086, United States National Museum. Department of Geology, Field Research Photographs

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Container List

Boxes 1-2

4" x 5" glass plate negatives (some by Charles Resser, assistant to Charles D. Walcott)

Boxes 1-2 of 8

Boxes 3-5

6" x 8" glass plate negatives of Burgess Shale specimens and illustrated plates from Walcott's publications

Boxes 3-5 of 8

Box 6

5" x 7" glass negatives (some with specimen or other types of identification numbers)

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Box 7

Lantern slides depicting Walcott fieldwork at the Burgess Shale and hand-colored slides of wildflowers and camp scenes by Mary Vaux Walcott

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Box 8

11" x 14" glass negative titled: "The Burgess Slab." It may represent a significant section of the fossils collected by Walcott, and the photograph was most likely taken by T. W. Smillie. It is a rare example of a camera original negative of an SI specimen in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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