100 years ago today, Willis Linn Jepson was exploring the Middle River in the San Joaquin Delta.
Here’s what he says about the trip:
Went to Middle River today with Prof. Gregg on invitation of J.A. Sanford of Stockton.We were met by Sanford, Brown of Stockton, Ollahan, an expert on produce from Stockton and a wholesaler, and Filcher (Roy Welton), class of 1906, Berkeley. It was a very beautiful day and we had a fine time in a launch cruising about the islands. The day was very brilliant and the willows still in foliage.
The scanned field books are pictured above (as is Jepson, in a photo from 1911).
Jepson’s field notebooks have been scanned and are available online here.
Do you want to help?
We would like to increase the accessibility of Jepson’s field books. Because the field books are handwritten, the contents cannot be indexed by the Web search engines. If users are willing to transcribe the pages, however, little by little a great deal of information will be made widely available and searchable. We have built some simple tools with which you can associate a transcription with a page, or accumulate key-words. Already volunteers have translated over 4400 pages! There are transcription links at the bottom left and right of each field book image page. We invite you to help make Jepson’s observations available to the world.
Thanks to our awesome archivist, Amy Kasameyer, for the idea and the images!