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Blake, James Henry. Hassler Expedition watercolors and pencil drawings, 1871-1872. Spec. Coll. Archives bMu 326.60.3. Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass

Blake, James Henry. Hassler Expedition watercolors and pencil drawings, 1871-1872. Spec. Coll. Archives bMu 326.60.3. Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

More than 1,200 digitized photographs are in Expeditions and Discoveries, including reproductions of large panoramic images of explorers in Peru and Harvard College Observatory staff in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Among the 500 drawings and prints, one may study James Henry Blake’s watercolors and drawings from the Hassler Expedition, Henry Bryant Bigelow’s drawings of Medusae and siphonophores made on board the "Albatross," or William Starling Sullivant’s drawings of the bryophytes of the U.S. Exploring Expedition.

Hand-drawn illustrations are interspersed within the collection’s manuscripts and records, and dozens of texts—from accounts of expeditions to polar regions to classic works of fiction and literature—contain high-quality illustrations depicting explorers and exploring.

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