Killip, Colombia, 1922
About the Project
By the early 1920's, three quarters of Colombia's annual exports were coffee. What would an Aide from the United States National Museum (USNM) Division of Plants be looking for just a few years after joining the USNM staff? Botanist Ellsworth Paine Killip's diary includes his daily entries for his time in Colombia, April 19 through December 31, 1922. Whether the entries about activity in Colombia prior to April 19, 1922 is a mystery; they have been cut out of the book. The entries in the diary as received include brief records of Killip's activities including his work collecting and drying plants, and his travels to Cali, Popayán and other locales.
Please help us transcribe Killip's field notes and see what caught his eye in a country whose economy had become centered around coffee.