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Reports of explorations and surveys : to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean / made under the direction of the Secretary of War, in 1853-54, according to acts of Congress of March 3, 1853, May 31, 1854, and August 5, 1854

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Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
United States Army Corps of Engineers  Search this
United States War Department  Search this
Former owner:
Pendexter, Hugh DSI  Search this
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Williams, James DSI  Search this
Baker, Marcus DSI  Search this
University of Virginia DSI  Search this
United States Congress House DSI  Search this
Physical description:
12 v. in 13 : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29-30 cm
West (U.S.)
United States
Vols. I-XI were issued in the Congressional series of U.S. public documents as 33d Cong., 2d sess. House ex. doc. 91, and also as Senate ex. doc. 78. Vol. XI was issued also (1861) as 36th Cong., 2d sess. Senate ex. doc. [no number].
Supplement to vol. I (which was published also in vol. XII, book I and book II) was issued in at least three forms: Supplement to vol. I, 1859, W.A. Harris, printer, as 35th Cong., 2d sess. Senate ex. doc. 46--Vol. XII, book I-II, 1860, T.H. Ford, printer, as 36th Cong., 1st sess. House ex. doc. 56, and Senate ex. doc. [no number]
The reports of the Pacific Railroad surveys were prepared under the direct supervision of the Engineer Department. The volumes dealing with the soil, climate, geology, botany and zoology of the regions surveyed were edited and revised by Professors Henry and Baird, of the Smithsonian Institution. cf. Ingersoll, Hist. of the War Department. 1879, p. 292-293.
Vol. 1-2 published 1855, v. 3-4, 1856, v. 6-8, 1857, v. 9, 1858, v. 10, 1859, v. 11, 1855, v. 12, 1860.
For further information concerning the publication of the work and a list of serial numbers assigned to the volumes in the Congressional series of documents, see Checklist of United States public documents, 1911, p. 1274-1275.
SCNHRB has 2 copies, both incomplete.
SCNHRB copy 1 has volumes 1-6, 8-12, part 1-2, only.
SCNHRB copy 1 has bookplate: Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Charlotte and Lloyd Wineland Collection of Native American and Western Exploration Literature.
SCNHRB copy 1, volumes 1-6, 8-11 and 12, part 2 are bound in dark brown blind- and gilt-stamped buckram; volume 12, book 1 is bound in light brown buckram library binding.
SCNHRB copy 2 has following provenance: bookplate on front pastedown of volume 1: With the respects of the Secretary of War; book stamp on recto of free front endpaper of volume 3: From the private library of Hugh Pendexter, Norway, Maine; bookplate on front pastedown of volume 4: Ex libris William Healey Dall; inscription on front pastedown of volume 6: James Williams from his Aunt Mary; inscribed on title page of volume 7: Marcus Baker 1875; stamp on title page verso of volume 10: Library of the University of Virginia. Gift of Barnard Shipp; gilt-stamped on binding of volume 12, part 1: U.S. Representatives.
SCNHRB copy 2 has volumes 1-4, 6, 8 and 11, only.
Pacific railroads--Explorations and surveys  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Discovery and exploration  Search this
Call number:
F593 .U59 1855
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