Expedition History, 1911

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  • Blagden, H. H
  • Walcott, Charles D. Jr
  • Wheeler, A. O (Arthur Oliver) 1860-1945
  • Hollister, N (Ned) 1876-1924
  • Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941
  • Alpine Club of Canada


  • This is an expedition history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of expeditions to set it in its historical context. If we have identified SIA collections containing documentation of this expedition, they will be listed under "components," or "see more items in," below. Clicking on those links will open a brief description of relevant records.
  • SI Annual Report 1911, p. 6
  • SI Annual Report 1912, p. 11
  • USNM Annual Report 1912, p. 124
  • Hollister, N. "Four New Mammals from the Canadian Rockies" Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol. 56, No. 26, pp.1-4, 1911
  • Hollister, N. "Mammals of the Alpine Club Expedition to the Mount Robson Region." Canadian Alpine Journal, Special Number, Vol 4, pp. 1-46, 1912.
  • Riley, J. H. New bird species from this expedition Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, Vol. 24, pp. 233-236, 1911.
  • Riley, J. H. "Birds Collected or Observed on the Expedition of the Alpine Club of Canada to Jasper Park, Yellowhead Pass and Mount Robson Region." Canadian Alpine Journal, Special Number, Vol 4, pp. 47-75, 1912.
  • Standley, Paul C. "Plants of the Alpine Club Expedition to the Mount Robson Region." Canadian Alpine Journal, Special Number, Vol 4, pp. 76- , 1912.
  • Topographic details and illustrations for the expedition - See Wheeler's report in the Canadian Alpine Journal, regular number, Vol 4, 1912
  • The Smithsonian Institution participated in the Biological Survey of the Canadian Rockies in 1911 at the request of A. O. (Arthur Oliver) Wheeler, Director of the Alpine Club of Canada. Wheeler was undertaking a topographic survey of British Columbia and Alberta and thought it would be an excellent opportunity for the Smithsonian to gather specimens from the region. The Alpine Club of Canada also helped to pay for a portion of the Smithsonian's costs for sending staff. Official Smithsonian staff included N. (Ned) Hollister, Assistant Curator in the Division of Mammals (leader); and Joseph Harvey Riley, Aid in the Division of Birds. They were assisted by Charles D. Walcott, Jr. (son of the Secretary of the Institution) and H. H. Blagden. All specimens collected came to the Smithsonian, including mammals, birds, reptiles, batrachians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants.

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  • 1911
  • 1911-1911


  • Animals
  • Herpetology
  • Ichthyology
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Topographical surveying
  • Botany
  • Ornithology


  • Canada
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00426

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