William Healey Dall - Diary, Western Union Telegraph Expedition, May-July 1867

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Who would you recruit to help you build a trans-Pacific communication system? For Western Union's Telegraph Expedition of 1865-1867 (which explored creating a communication system between North America and Europe through Alaska and Asia), the answer was naturalist William Healey Dall. Dall, who led the expedition's science corps, was later named Honorary Curator of the US National Museum's Division of Mollusks. Dall's diary, which covers the final year of the expedition, includes lists of specimens collected, interactions between American and Russian expedition scientists, and other insights into life in the field.

Join other volunteers in transcribing Dall's diary and read a first-hand account of an incredible science expedition!

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