Front page of the expedition album created by its members.
In 1899 an interdisciplinary team of scientists and artists traveled from Seattle to Siberia and back exploring the Alaska coastline. Railroad magnate Edward Harriman commissioned the voyage as a hunting trip but it turned into a scientific expedition. The team he brought along to document the trip included some of the best and brightest minds in the country at the time.
Botanists on the trip included:
William Trelease - director of the Missouri Botanical Garden
De Alton Saunders - phycologist (algae)
Frederick Coville - USDA Chief Botanist and Founder of the United States National Arboretum
Thomas Kearney - research associate in botany at the California Academy of Sciences
Other notable members of the expedition:
John Muir - naturalist
Clinton Hart Merriam - zoologist
John Burroughs - author
In 2001 a new team of scientists and artists retraced the route followed by the Harriman party and filmed a documentary of their travels.
Most bryophyte and lichen collections from the expedition give the collector as "T" for William Trelease. The Missouri Botanical Garden has many of these specimens but duplicates are present at the New York Botanical Garden and elsewhere.