Waldo L. Schmitt - Diary from Palmer Peninsula (Antarctica) Survey, 1962-1963

About the Project

Have you dreamt of traveling somewhere tropical when you retire? Waldo LaSalle Schmitt (1887-1977) headed out on the Palmer Peninsula (Antarctica) Survey, 1962-1963. An honorary Smithsonian research associate at the time, Waldo had already spent 50 years studying primarily crustaceans. Join other digital volunteers to transcribe the first of two personal diaries describing the region's wealth of collections, issues like pollution, the people he met, foods including "a strange sweet (baked egg)" plus other aspects of daily life at the Antarctica base, Cape Crozier, Ross Island and Christchurch, New Zealand.

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