Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927) family campsite in the Canadian Rockies

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    Description: Collecting trips for Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850-1927), paleontologist and fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, were often a family affair. This 1910 photograph shows their campsite in the Canadian Rockies. Shown are (left to right) Mrs. Burling, Dr. Lancaster Burling, son Benjamin Stuart Walcott (1895-1917), guide Otto, wife Helena Stevens Walcott (d. 1911), and daughter Helen Breese Walcott (1894-1965), peering from behind Helena Walcott.

    Creator/Photographer: Charles Walcott
    Death Date: 1927

    Charles Doolittle Walcott's long career in scientific research and government service was distinguished by his accomplishments in the fields of paleontology and geology. In 1894 he was appointed director of the U.S. Geological Survey, a post he filled while simultaneously serving as the Smithsonian Institution's assistant secretary. In 1907 Walcott became the fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian, a position he held for twenty years until his death in 1927. Throughout his government appointments Walcott continued to conduct scientific research on fossil formations. He began using photography as a research aid in 1885 and by 1891 was creating panoramic photographs to enhance his work.

    Medium: Black and white photographic print

    Date: 1910

    Persistent URL: http://photography.si.edu/SearchImage.aspx?id=5809

    Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

    Accession number: SIA2008-1903

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    1. t.gomes 62 months ago | reply

      I like that they still put a table cloth out on the camping trip. And is that Champagne?

    2. mrs. tumnus 62 months ago | reply

      personally i never camp without a table cloth and a bottle of Crystal;)

    3. Melaniecrs 61 months ago | reply

      I really love this photo. It brought me tears

    4. mentoleum 60 months ago | reply

      That corked bottle on the table is labeled "catsup" - look at the original size image.

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    11. Lazurite 50 months ago | reply

      The trees in the background look burnt up. Given that the photo was taken in 1910, was this trip shortly after the Big Burn?

    12. Eli the Bearded 41 months ago | reply

      If you're going to be out in the field for a month, it doesn't hurt to do it comfortably.

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