This month's digital collection features the Ridgway brothers, John and Robert, late nineteenth century naturalists and illustrators of the American West. This collection highlights correspondence, research, and artwork of the Ridgway brothers.
Robert joined geologist Clarence King as the zoologist of the 1867-69 United States Geological Fortieth Parallel Survey. He accompanied the expedition through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, over the Great Basin desert, and ended up in Utah. He left the expedition in fall of 1868 and returned to the area the next summer to collect specimens around the Great Salt Lake and Wasatch Mountains.
Robert's younger brother John rose to prominence in the field of scientific illustration, holding the positions of chief illustrator for the United States Geological Survey and scientific illustrator for the California Institute of Technology and the Carnegie Institution.
This collection highlights correspondence, research, and artwork of the Rid