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This digital collection highlights the art work, correspondence, and research of the Ridgway brothers, John and Robert, late nineteenth century naturalists and illustrators of the American West.

 

In 1864, 14 year old Robert began a correspondence with noted naturalist Spencer Baird. This relationship led to Robert being asked to join geologist Clarence King as the zoologist of the 1867-69 United States Geological Fortieth Parallel Survey. Ridgway joined the expedition in San Francisco after traveling by steamboat through the Caribbean and the Isthmus of Panama. He accompanied the expedition through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, over the Great Basin desert and ended up in Utah . He left the expedition in fall of 1868 and returned the next summer to collect specimens around the Great Salt Lake and Wasatch Mountains.

 

Robert's younger brother, John, rose to prominence in the field of scientific illustration, holding the positions of chief illustrator for the United States Geological Survey, and scientific illustrator for the California Institute of Technology and the Carnegie Institution.

 

This digital collection is a subset of the much larger Ridgway Family Papers, 1864-1940's (Caine Mss 8); detailed inventory is available online.

 

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June 24, 1867
1
Date:June 24, 1867
Sacramento California Camp 1
Aug 11, 1867
2
Date:Aug 11, 1867
Big Bend, Truckee Nevada Camp 12
Sept 1, 1867
3
Sept 1, 1867
Banks of Humboldt River Nevada Camp 17
Oct 15, 1867
4
Date:Oct 15, 1867
Buena Vista Nevada Camp 19
Jan 14, 1868
5
Date:Jan 14, 1868
Carson City Nevada
Aug 1868
6
Date:Aug 1868
Ruby Nevada
June 14, 1869
7
Date:June 14, 1869
Salt Lake City Utah

Route of the U.S. Geological Fortieth Parallel Survey (1867-1869)
Dots link to letters written by Robert Ridgway from marked locations

 
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