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George Suckley Papers

Creator::
Suckley, George, 1830-1869  Search this
Extent:
0.75 cu. ft. (1 document box) (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Diaries
Manuscripts
Place:
United States -- History$yCivil War, 1861-1865
Panama
Date:
1849-1861
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of George Suckley mostly concern his work on the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels, 1853, and on the collections of the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857. They include incoming and outgoing correspondence, mostly copies; journals, field books, notes, and related materials concerning the progress of the Railroad Survey, the canoe trip from Fort Owen to Fort Vancouver, Suckley's Panama trip with Cooper, and natural history observations and collecting work; fiscal matters; translation of Indian vocabulary; Suckley's monograph, The Natural History of Washington Territory, co-authored with Cooper; and manuscripts of Suckley's reports on the mammals and salmonidae collected on the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857.
Historical Note:
George Suckley (1830-1869) was born in New York City and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now a part of Columbia University) in September 1851. In April 1853 Suckley was appointed assistant surgeon and naturalist to the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, under the command of Isaac I. Stevens. His work on the survey included a 1,049 mile, 53-day canoe trip down the Bitter Root, Clark's Fork, and Columbia Rivers to Fort Vancouver, during which he made extensive natural history collections. On December 2, 1853, Suckley was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, United States Army. He was ordered to duty at Fort Steilacoom, Washington Territory, where he remained until June 12, 1854, when he was transferred to Fort Dalles, Oregon Territory. In July 1854, Suckley obtained leave of absence for six months, which he partially spent collecting natural history specimens in Panama with James G. Cooper. Suckley resigned from the Army on October 3, 1856, and for the next five years pursued his interest in natural history. During this period, Suckley was assigned to write the reports on the mammals and salmonidae collected by the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857. In 1859 he co-authored with James G. Cooper, The Natural History of Washington Territory, which was based primarily on data and observations made while serving with the Pacific Railroad Survey. On the outbreak of the Civil War, Suckley rejoined the Army and was commissioned Surgeon of Volunteers. He served for the duration of the war, resigning April 22, 1865. Suckley died July 30, 1869, in New York City.
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Herpetology  Search this
Mammalogy  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Naturalists  Search this
Surgeons  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Herpetologists  Search this
Mammalogists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Diaries
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7191, George Suckley Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7191
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence, 1853-1861. Arranged Alphabetically by Correspondent.

Collection Creator::
Suckley, George, 1830-1869  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
Correspondents include Spencer F. Baird, James Graham Cooper, George Gibbs, Rodman M. Price, and Isaac I. Stevens. The letter of 1 January 1854 from Suckley to Spencer F. Baird contains notes and observations on the country traveled by the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels. The letters of July 22 and 31, 1856 from Suckley to Rodman M. Price contain accounts of Washington Territory under the administration of Governor Isaac I. Stevens.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7191, George Suckley Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7191, Series 1
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George Suckley Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7191-refidd1e253

George Gibbs Papers

Creator::
Gibbs, George, 1815-1873  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Date:
circa 1850-1853, 1857-1862
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
This collection consists primarily of journals kept by Gibbs while in Oregon Territory, 1850-1853, and on the Northwest Boundary Survey, 1857-1862. The journals contain zoological and ethnological observations, accounts of collections made, and Indian vocabulary. Also included are notes on the forest growth of Washington Territory, circa 1860.
Historical Note:
George Gibbs (1815-1873) was an ethnologist and expert on the language and culture of the Indians of the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of Harvard University, Gibbs moved west during the gold rush of 1848 and eventually secured the position of Collector of the Port of Astoria, Oregon Territory. From 1853 to 1855, he was a geologist and ethnologist on the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels under the command of Isaac Stevens. In 1857, Gibbs joined the Northwest Boundary Survey and served as geologist and interpreter until 1862. The last decade of his life was spent in Washington, D.C., where he undertook studies of Indian languages under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7209, George Gibbs Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7209
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7209
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Journal, 1853-1854

Collection name:
James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated
Physical Description:
1 notebook
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sublocation:
Box 1 Folder 1
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Columbia River
Oregon Territory
Washington
Oregon
Idaho
Montana
Willapa
United States
Date Range:
1853-1854
Start Date:
1853
End Date:
1854
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Geology  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA RU007067
Access Information:
Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu.
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James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated
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Cooper, J. G (James Graham) 1830-1902
Heinrich, Carl, 1880-1955
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Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th Parallels
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI9791
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Journal, 1853-1854

Collection name:
James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated
Physical Description:
1 notebook
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sublocation:
Box 1 Folder 1
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Columbia River
Oregon Territory
Washington
Oregon
Idaho
Montana
Willapa
United States
Date Range:
1853-1854
Start Date:
1853
End Date:
1854
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Geology  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA RU007067
Access Information:
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James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated
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Cooper, J. G (James Graham) 1830-1902
Heinrich, Carl, 1880-1955
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Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th Parallels
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI24
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Daily journal maintained by George Suckley while serving with the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 48th parallels from May 24 to December 6, 1853

Collection name:
George Suckley papers, 1849-1861
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
Minnesota
North Dakota
Montana
Idaho
Washington
Date Range:
1853
Start Date:
18530524
End Date:
18531206
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Mammalogy  Search this
Ichthyology  Search this
Accession #:
SIA RU007191
Access Information:
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George Suckley papers, 1849-1861
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Suckley, George, 1830-1869
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Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th Parallels
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_item_MODSI5381

James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated

Extent:
4 items
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record type:
Collection record
Place:
Oregon
Washington
Panama
North Carolina
California
Panama
Idaho
Montana
Rocky Mountains
Date Range:
1853-1870
Topic:
Plantae  Search this
Plantae  Search this
Animalia  Search this
Plants  Search this
Tertiary  Search this
Cretaceous  Search this
Accession #:
SIA RU007067
Access Information:
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Cooper, J. G (James Graham) 1830-1902
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Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th Parallels
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James G. Cooper papers, 1853-1870 and undated
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fbr_coll_NCDC6

Gibbs, George, 1815-1873

Forename:
George  Search this
Surname:
Gibbs  Search this
Occupation:
Ethnologists
Geologists
Naturalists
Record type:
Personal name
Birth Date:
1815
Death Date:
1873
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Gibbs, George, 1815-1873
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:auth_per_fbr_EACP182

Suckley, George, 1830-1869

Alternate Name:
G. Suckley  Search this
Geo. Suckley  Search this
Forename:
George  Search this
Surname:
Suckley  Search this
Occupation:
Naturalists
Record type:
Personal name
Birth Date:
1830
Death Date:
1869
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Suckley, George, 1830-1869
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:auth_per_fbr_EACP709

Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th Parallels

Alternate Name:
Isaac Stevens' Survey  Search this
Stevens Pacific Railway Survey  Search this
Northern Pacific Railroad Survey  Search this
Record type:
Expedition name
Place:
United States
Minnesota
North Dakota
Montana
Idaho
Washington
Date Range:
1853 - 1855
Topic:
Biology  Search this
Botany  Search this
Geology  Search this
Zoology  Search this
See more records related to participants:
Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862
Suckley, George, 1830-1869
Cooper, J. G (James Graham) 1830-1902
Gibbs, George, 1815-1873
McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885
Gidley, James William 1866-1931
See more records related to this expedition:
Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th Parallels
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:auth_exp_fbr_EACE0002

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