Looking Across the Upper End of Yoho Valley

ID: Walcott 765f or 765f

Creator: Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1909

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7004, Charles D. Walcott Papers

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Summary

Charles Doolittle Walcott's panoramic image is from the north base of Vice-President's Peak looking across the upper end of the Yoho Valley toward Whaleback Mountain and thence to the eastward past mounts Balfour, Daly, and Niles, British Columbia (now Alberta), Canada. Walcott used a Cirkut Outfit Camera to capture the image.

Author

Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927), fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1907-1927), was a paleontologist whose research focused on North American Cambrian fossils. He conducted field work in the United States and Canada, and, in 1909, while in the Canadian Rockies near Field, British Columbia, discovered what has come to be known as the Burgess Shale. The shale contained fossils that provided the foundation for study of the Cambrian Period in Western North America. Neither Walcott nor the scientific community realized the importance of this discovery, but the Burgess Shale came to be recognized as one of the most important geologic findings of the 20th century. Walcott is equally well-known for his method of photographing topographies for scientific documentary purposes, producing stunning images of these majestic landscapes.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7004, Charles D. Walcott Papers

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1909

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Mountains
  • Burgess Shale (B.C.)
  • Parks
  • Landscapes
  • Provincial parks and reserves
  • Photography, Panoramic
  • National parks and reserves
  • Paleontology
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Canada

Place

  • Whaleback Mountain (Alta.)
  • Mount Niles (Alta.)
  • Canada
  • Mount Balfour (Alta.)
  • Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
  • Mount Daly (Alta.)
  • Banff National Park (Alta.)
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Yoho Valley (Alta.)

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Panoramic photographs

ID Number

Walcott 765f or 765f

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: Neg. 5" film; Type of Image: Landscape; Panaromic photographs Medium: Photographic print

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