J. G. Cooper - Journal, 1853 - 1854
About the Project
Have you dreamed of leaving your job to pursue your real passions full time? Dr. James Graham Cooper wrestled with the same problem after only two years of practicing medicine back in the early 1850's. He longed to return to the study of nature and its impact on human welfare. With the encouragement of the Smithsonian's Spencer Fullerton Baird, Cooper used his skills as a physician to join the Northern Pacific Railroad Survey in Washington state as a physician-naturalist from 1853 to late 1855. This kicked off a ten-year career as a pioneering naturalist. He made the leap.
Join other digital volunteers and scholars to transcribe his journal of daily details and specimen notes from this expedition.