Walcott's Skoki Mountain Camp

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Snow scenes about Walcott's Skoki Mountain camp, August 22, 1925. Camp at south foot of Skoki Mountain was 11 miles in a direct line northeast of Lake Louise Station on the Canadian Pacific Railway, Alberta, Canada. A person wearing a long cloak stands in the snow.


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • 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. His wife Mary Vaux Walcott, who studied and painted North American wild flowers, accompanied Walcott on his trips to the Canadian Rockies.
  • See also Neg. #s 1505, 1505b, 1505c, 1505d, and 1505e for similar scenes.

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



Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Landscapes
  • Snow
  • Camp sites, facilities, etc
  • National parks and reserves
  • Camps
  • Canada
  • Alberta, Canada


  • Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
  • Canada
  • Alberta
  • Banff National Park (Alta.)
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Skokie Mountain Camp
  • Skokie Mountain
  • Alberta, Canada


  • Photographic print
  • Landscape
  • Person, candid

ID Number

Walcott 1505a

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: Neg. 4" x 5" film; Type of Image: Landscape; Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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