"Survival On Land and Sea" Published by the Ethnogeographic Board and the Smithsonian Institution, 1944

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Summary

"Survival On Land and Sea" published by the Ethnogeographic Board and the Smithsonian Institution during World War Two.

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Ethnogeographic Board

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Chronology of Smithsonian History

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  • The Ethnogeographic Board and the staff of the Smithsonian created a 187 page pocket sized, waterproof, booklet for soldiers and airman to carry with them through the war. The booklet detailed survival information for servicemen stranded in the Pacific. The information, compiled by Smithsonian experts, included tips on how to start fires, how to find water, navigation information, how to identify edible and dangerous plants, and much more. The board distributed over 1 million booklets by the end of the war.
  • The Ethnogeographic Board and the staff of the Smithsonian also published the twenty-one volume series "War Background Studies."
  • Henson, Pamela, "The Smithsonian Goes to War: The Increase and Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge In the Pacific," in Science and the Pacific War, edt. Roy M. MacLeod, (Cornwall, United Kingdom: 2000) 27-50.

Contact information

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

Date

1944

Topic

  • Geography
  • Wartime Activities
  • Natural History
  • Anthropology
  • Museums
  • History
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Natural history
  • Museum publications

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SIA2009-0434

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