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Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: Neg. #10 film; Type of Image: Landscape; Panoramic photographs; Medium: Photographic print
Photographic print
Panoramic photographs
British Columbia
Rocky Mountains
Yoho Valley (Alta.)
Mount Balfour (Alta.)
Mount Daly (Alta.)
Mount Ogden (Alta.)
Takakkaw Falls (Alta.)
Canadian Rockies (B.C. and Alta.)
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927), fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1907-1927), was a paleontologist whose research focused on North American Cambrian fossils. He conducted field work in the United States and Canada, and, in 1909, while in the Canadian Rockies near Field, British Columbia, discovered what has come to be known as the Burgess Shale. The shale contained fossils that provided the foundation for study of the Cambrian Period in Western North America. Neither Walcott nor the scientific community realized the importance of this discovery, but the Burgess Shale came to be recognized as one of the most important geologic findings of the 20th century. Walcott is equally well-known for his method of photographing topographies for scientific documentary purposes, producing stunning images of these majestic landscapes.
Charles Doolittle Walcott's panoramic image is looking across Yoho Valley toward Takakkaw Falls, Daly Glacier on the left Mount Balfour and to the right Mount Daly, the ridge of Mount Ogden and in the distance to the right Cathedral Crags and the peaks south of Kicking Horse Canyon. Walcott used a Cirkut Outfit Camera to capture the image.
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7004, Charles D. Walcott Papers
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
Burgess Shale (B.C.)  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Canada  Search this
Photography, Panoramic  Search this
National parks and reserves  Search this
Mountains  Search this
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Standard number:
Walcott 988b
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div