Great Surveys of the American West

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Work documents expeditions to the American West in the nineteenth century. Gives information on aid provided by the Smithsonian, collections stemming from the surveys, as well as explorers related to the SI, including William Henry Holmes and John Wesley Powell.


  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States National Museum
  • United States. Army


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