Based on Adelaide Hasse's 1899 bibliography, this fascinating collection provides researchers and historians with access to findings that cover subjects as varied as anthropology, botany and zoology, topography, geology and hydrography, studies of Indian linguistics and even railroad and wagon routes. Comprising 554 reports compiled for various government agencies, it includes Geological Survey monographs, reports of the Smithsonian Institution, Senate or House Executive Documents, and all others listed in Hasse's pamphlet.
New territories required investigation of flora, fauna and native inhabitants, mineral surveyance, and preparation for laying communication routes. The information gathered through these explorations is a unique, first-hand look at what was, for the pioneers, a whole new world. The collection presents the reports as they originally appeared, providing authentic documentation for scientific and historic research.