Powell Survey of Colorado River Continued

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Summary

United States Congress appropriates $12,000 for continuing the 1869-1872 survey of the Colorado River by John Wesley Powell, under direction of the Secretary of the Smithsonian. The expedition surveyed the geology, ethnography, and natural history of the region.

Subject

  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • United States Congress

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • The first volume of the exploration of the Colorado River and its tributaries is published by the Department of the Interior, as noted in the Annual Report for 1875 (p.17).
  • Goode, George Brown, ed. The Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1896, The History of Its First Half Century. Washington, D.C.: De Vinne Press, 1897., p. 642-643, 838
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1871, p. 26-27
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901., p. 686
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, p. 17

Contact information

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

Date

March 3, 1871

Topic

  • Discovery and exploration
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Geology
  • Finance
  • Natural History
  • Secretaries
  • Anthropology
  • Ethnology
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Anthropology)
  • Natural history

Place

  • Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
  • United States
  • America

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