By Kira Cherrix, Digital Imaging Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives
This field book from Leonhard Stejneger documents his trips to Puerto Rico and the West Indies in 1900 was unusual to begin with because the inside back cover contained a pocket, which I had not seen on other field books that had been digitized. Inside the pocket, I found calling cards for various colleagues and a few miscellaneous notes, which were all to be expected. What I did not expect to find, however, was a tiny American flag patch. The patch is only about 1.75 inches wide, and is definitely one of the most unique objects I have found in a field book.