Scope and Contents
The volume is unsigned. It contains an ink stamp of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Archives, and was probably written by J. H. Turner, an observer for the U. S. C. and G. S. who wintered at Tat-chek village, 1890-91. The name "Edmonds" appears on the 3rd page from the back; the context is not clear, but it may refer to Assistant Astronomer Harry W. Edmonds, Turner's colleague. Other members of the party were H. N. Kieraulff, physician; Gustav Bergmann, foreman; John Meade, assitant foreman; William Rundquist, cook; and W. E. Lindgard, C. P. Harkort, Otto Polte, and E. Engelstad, laborers. --U. S. C. and G. S., Report for 1891, part 1, Washington, 1892, page 89. The volume is ascribed to J. H. Turner on the basis of the above information, first noted by Mrs. Ray in U.S.N.A. At the end of the volume are brief notes in two other handwritings, one headed "Futurity" (beliefs about afterlife), 4 pages, and one giving Eskimo expressions or songs, 1 page.