From Titkana Peak Overlooking Hunga Glacier

ID: Walcott 985a

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

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1913

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 southwest slope of Titkana Peak, overlooking Hunga Glacier, Mount Robson Park, British Columbia (now Alberta), Canada. This view begins on the right by Phillips Mountain and Chushina Glacier below, next Lynx Mountain in the distance and the snow-capped Mount Resplendent (11,173 ft.). On the left is Robson Peak (13,068 ft.) partially shrounded in mist. Walcott used a Cirkut Outfit Camera to capture the image.

Author

Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927

Subject

Mount Robson Park (B.C.)

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

1913

Topic

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

Place

  • Mount Resplendent (Alta.)
  • Canada
  • Lynx Mountain (Alta.)
  • Phillips Mountain (Alta.)
  • Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Rocky Mountains

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Panoramic photographs

ID Number

Walcott 985a

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: Neg. 10" film; Type of Image: Landscape; Panoramic photographs; Medium: Photographic print

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