By Kira Cherrix, Digital Imaging Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives
I have seen many field books that contain hand drawn maps of important areas, but none of them have been as detailed as the ones found in Richard Blackwelder’s field book from his trip to the West Indies in March to July of 1936. Blackwelder’s maps usually include rivers, valleys, and towns as well as routes he took while visiting each location. He also includes the specimen numbers for the items collected in the sites he visited. This particular page has a drawing of Dominica with a scale of 1 inch = 4.5 miles.