We’re excited to announce our latest Flickr set from the field work of Charles D. Walcott in Montana during the summers of 1904 and 1905. This set of images highlights the work of Walcott who was the fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and perhaps best known for his discovery of the Burgess Shale fossils in Canada.
|Mountain range in Montana with geological annotations (2). Smithsonian Institution Archives. RU 7004, Charles D. Walcott Collection, 1851-1940 and undated. Box 30, Folder 11. SIA2014-06931.|
Walcott was unique in the way he utilized photography in his field work. He not only used photos to document his finds, but eventually used them to choose field sites. By the time he discovered the Burgess Shale, Walcott was utilizing panorama photographs that he took with a specially built camera for the purpose.
Images in this set provide a unique overlap of his field note format choices (text, photograph, sketch) for specific sites. We encourage you to compare the photos, their annotations, the caption details, and his narrative descriptions and sketches.
|Field notes of Charles D. Walcott for June 29, 1905. Smithsonian Institution Archives. RU 7004, Charles D. Walcott Collection, 1851-1940 and undated. Box 30, Folder 11. SIA2014-06933.|
To learn more about Walcott, explore his field book records now available on Smithsonian Collection Search Center, field book content on Smithsonian’s Transcription Center, the finding aid for his personal papers in Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 007004, or his publications in Biodiversity Heritage Library.