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The big 1000!

The Field Book Project hit an exciting milestone Friday by cataloging 1000 items thanks to the contributions of our staff catalogers and summer interns.

The 1000th item cataloged is a diary of Caleb Burwell Rowan Kennerly (1829-1861), a surgeon and naturalist on several expeditions between 1853 and 1861.  The diary describes his participation during January - December 1859 in the Northwest Boundary Survey (1857-1861).  The Survey was a joint project of American and British personnel to document the boundary between American and Canadian territory.  Kennerly, sadly, would pass away during the return voyage in 1861.  Specimens gathered by Kennerly can be found in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes.  The notebook is one of several documenting his observations during the trip.  This one is a daily memorandum book; the majority of information recorded focuses on the route and locations visited during the Survey across parts of Washington, including the Columbia River, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Additional details cover activities including shipments of specimens, correspondence and their topics, challenges in travel due to adverse weather, activities and names of survey participants, and meetings with local inhabitants. 

For more information about Caleb Burwell Rowan Kennerly and his work, visit the Department of Vertebrate Zoology Division of Fishes website on Secretary Baird and Ichthyology at the Smithsonian 1850-1900.


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