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William H. Dall

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Dean of Alaskan explorations, William Healey Dall, 1845-1927, began his scientific career as a member of the Scientific Corps of the Alaskan Western Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865. In 1871, he was appointed to the United States Coast Survey, where he continued his studies on Alaska and the northern Pacific Coast. Dall left the Coast Survey in 1884 to accept the rank of Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey, a position he held until 1925. Having assembled and described some of the collections of mollusca and other organisms held by the United States National Museum since 1868, Dall served as Honorary Curator of the Museum's Division of Mollusks from 1880 until his death.

Image of William H. Dall, curator of echinoderms for the United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History.

William H. Dall

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Photograph included in the transcript of the S. Stillman Berry Oral History Interview by Donald R. Shasky, May 1980, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

SIA2009-4237 is the photographic print found in Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 9526.

Dean of Alaskan explorations, William Healey Dall, 1845-1927, began his scientific career as a member of the Scientific Corps of the Alaskan Western Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865. While on the Western Union Telegraph Expedition, 1865-1868, Dall conducted a geological and biological survey of Alaska to determine a feasible route for a telegraph cable across the Bering Strait. A member of the Expedition's Scientific Corps, he assumed leadership of the Expedition after the death of Robert Kennicott in 1866. In 1871 he was appointed to the United States Coast & Geodetic Survey, where he continued his studies on Alaska and the northern Pacific Coast. Dall left the Coast Survey in 1884 to transfer to the United States Geological Survey as a paleontologist. A position he held until 1925. Concurrentlyy, as a malacologist, he assembled and described some of the collections of mollusca and other organisms held by the United States National Museum since 1868, and served as Honorary Curator of the Museum's Division of Mollusks from 1880 until his death.

MAH-14538 is the photo negative found in Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 11-006.

William H. Dall, curator of echinoderms for the United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, seated in a chair looking off to his right.

William H. Dall, Side Profile

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Image of William H. Dall, curator of echinoderms for the United States National Museum (now known as the National Museum of Natural History), shows Dall's profile looking to the left.

Western Union Telegraph Expedition, Papers from William H. Dall to Robert Kennicott

Smithsonian Field Book Project
These are papers that document preparations for the Western Union Telegraph Expedition from William H. Dall to Robert Kennicott including: copy of order from Charles S. Bulkley; order from Dall to Captain of steamer regarding specimen collections; Stores; directions for Collecting; Dall letter to scientific friends; copy of Spencer F. Baird telegram to Bulkley on Stimpson and the destruction of the Chicago Academy of Sciences; copy of Dall letter to George Walker, President of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, on the expedition; Dall letter to Kennicott; copy of Dall memorandum to G. H. Mumford, Director of Western Union Telegraph Expedition; list of supplies; copy of Dall letter on death of Kennicott.

William H. Dall Sitting at a Desk

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Dean of Alaskan explorations, William Healey Dall , 1845-1927, began his scientific career as a member of the Scientific Corps of the Alaskan Western Union Telegraph Expedition in 1865. In 1871, he was appointed to the United States Coast Survey, where he continued his studies on Alaska and the northern Pacific Coast. Dall left the Coast Survey in 1884 to accept the rank of Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey, a position he held until 1925. Having assembled and described some of the collections of mollusca and other organisms held by the United States National Museum since 1868, Dall served as Honorary Curator of the Museum's Division of Mollusks from 1880 until his death.

William H. Dall, curator of echinoderms for the United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, is sitting at a desk that has two books on it.

Land and fresh water mollusks / by William H. Dall

Smithsonian Libraries
At head of title: Harriman Alaska Expedition with cooperation of Washington Academy of Sciences.

Extracted from Alaska, v. 13.

Includes index.

Also available online.

Elecresource

Number 8 in v. with binder's title Harriman Alaska Expedition : sundry papers, 1901-1905.

Dall, 1887-1 Tampa, Fla

Smithsonian Field Book Project
Volume describes work completed in Florida. Entries are dated (February 12 to March 12, 1887) and narrative in structure. He describes daily work, interactions with colleagues. He relates details about purchasing fossil specimens, as well as collecting specimens in locations like the vicinity of railroad stations. Dall describes location, measurements relating to where fossils were found, and some geological sections. Collected with F.J. Lapenotiere.

Western Union Telegraph List of Collections sent to the Smithsonian Institution by W. H. Dall, 1865

Smithsonian Field Book Project
Notebook contains lists of flora and fauna specimens collected for Western Union Telegraph Expedition to Alaska. Specimens are listed with Latin name, collector, storage method, and location. Several are from San Francisco Bay as well as from parts of Alaska. There is also a list of shells received from March 20 - July 10, 1865, including quantity and collector; a description of the geology of Ounga Island, and lists of provisions of Smithsonian Expedition members.

Fish Skin Packing Bag

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Koyon Kun Pipe (2)

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Koyon-Kun, Male Child Shirt

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Stone Mortar

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Shells-Ampullaria Depressa, Say.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Shells (Vivipara Georgiana. Lea.)

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Shells-America Scalaris . Jay.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Flakes.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Shells (Unio Buckleyi, Lea.)

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Fragments Of Pottery.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Rude Flint Implements (Paleo Type)

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Arrow-Heads.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Fish Carved In Stone, A Trinket, Carving

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Dall's original/field number is not listed for this object in the Anthropology catalogue ledger book. It is possible that this piece is original # 1167, which is listed in Dall's field catalogue, filed under Accession No. 3258, and described there as stone charm, Yakutat Tlingit, Port Mulgrave.

Male Lower Dress Model

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
FROM CARD: "ILLUS. (WITH 7605): FIG. 8, P. 117 "YUKON RIVER ATHAPASKAN COSTUME IN THE 1860-S" BY KATE DUNCAN IN FACES, VOICES & DREAMS; DIVISION OF ALASKA STATE MUSEUMS: 1987. OBJECT IS IDENTIFIED THERE AS MODEL GARMENT, KOYUKON. COLLECTED 1866-68 BY WILLIAM DALL. MALE FOOTED TROUSERS. TANNED HIDE, SINEW, THONG-STRUNG BLACK AND WHITE PONY BEADS, RED OCHRE."

Illus. Fig. 4.31 p. 170 in Thompson, Judy. 2013. Women's work, women's art: nineteenth-century northern Athapaskan clothing. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of Civilization. Identified there as model of moccasin-trousers, part of a model of a man’s winter outfit (with E7605), furred caribou hide (fur on the inside), black and white glass beads, red ochre.

Male Upper Dress Model

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
FROM CARD: "ILLUS. (WITH 7606): FIG. 8, P. 117 "YUKON RIVER ATHAPASKAN COSTUME IN THE 1860'S" BY KATE DUNCAN IN FACES, VOICES & DREAMS; DIVISION OF ALASKA STATE MUSEUMS; 1987. OBJECT IS IDENTIFIED THERE AS MODEL GARMENT, KOYUKON. COLLECTED 1866-68 BY WILLIAM DALL. MALE TUNIC. TANNED HIDE, SINEW, THONG-STRUNG BLACK AND WHITE PONY BEADS, RED OCHRE."

Illus. Fig. 4.31 p. 170 in Thompson, Judy. 2013. Women's work, women's art: nineteenth-century northern Athapaskan clothing. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of Civilization. Identified there as a model of a tunic, part of a model of a man's winter outfit (with E7606), furred caribou hide (fur on the inside), black and white glass beads, red ochre.

Snuff-Mill

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
Object is from Port Mulgrave, per Dall's field catalogue, filed under Accession No. 3258, entry under # 1162.
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