Alaska, September 8 - October 20, 1881
Private journal, Kotzebue Sound to San Francisco, September 8th to Oct. 20th 1881
Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman Collection, circa 1873-1946 and undated
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Nelson, Edward William, 1855-1934
This field book documents Nelson's field research between Kotzebue Sound, Alaska and San Francisco, California between 8 September and 20 October 1881. During this time, Nelson was on general assignment to study the zoology of Alaska, as well as geology, meteorology, and ethnology. This notebook contains notes on travel natural history observations and collecting, particularly regarding birds. Nelson describes birds, fish, and mammal fossils (mammoth and bison) he observes and collects as well as the geology of the locations he visits. Other locations include but are not limited to Eschscholtz Bay, Captain's Bay, and "Vancouver Island". Weather conditions were recorded along with temperatures. Numerous sketches are included. Nelson's notes also contain ethnological observations.
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