Grove Karl Gilbert

ID: 78-15934

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1910

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder 18

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Grove Karl Gilbert (1843-1918), naturalist, explorer, and politician was a noted American geologist with the United States Geological Survey. He became one of the most famous geologists to explore the American West, crossing Death Valley by foot and mule, fighting upstream through the Grand Canyon, criss-crossing the basins and ranges of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. His early work was at Ward's Cosmos Hall in Rochester, New York, where from 1863-1868 he catalogued samples, collected specimens, and helped mount exhibits in museums. In 1869 he gained a position with a survey team of Ohio led by J. S. Newberry, he served as a geologist on Lieutenant G. M. Wheeler's geographical survey west of the 100th meridian in 1871, he joined the Powell survey in 1874, and accompanied the team of scientists on the Harriman Alaska Expedition in 1899. Specimens from his expeditions were deposited in the National Museum of Natural History.


  • Gilbert, Grove Karl 1843-1918
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)


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c. 1910

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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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