Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, Jr., Papers, 1901, 1907, 1909-1910, 1918, 1929-1965

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This collection record describes only the 15 field books within the "Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, Jr., Papers, 1901, 1907, 1909-1910, 1918, 1929-1965", Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)Record Unit number 7297. Information on other non-field book materials is available in the finding aid for this record unit; the link to the finding aid is found in the "Related Materials" section of this record.|During his career Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, Jr. (1879-1965) collected specimens for some of the most important institutions in the country, including the Carnegie Museum (1902 and 1907-1927); the American Museum of Natural History (1909); the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1929-1938); the United States National Museum (1940-1952); the Peabody Museum; the Field Museum of Natural History; and the Los Angeles County Museum. Field books in this collection probably reflect work conducted for these institutions. Carriker's field books cover collecting trips to Costa Rica, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia, some of which of these places he canvassed almost entirely. The most consistent focus of collecting in these field books is ornithological, but they also include notes on mammals and insects.|Also included are several folders of black and white photographs from his collecting trips. All photographs cataloged depict, even if minimally, specimens collected or collecting locations. Photographs also depict village life and local inhabitants. For photographs not taken in the field or for photographs that do not pertain to Carriker's natural history work, see the SIA finding aid for this collection.

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  • Aves
  • Mammalia
  • Insecta
  • Animalia
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Insects
  • Tapir
  • Pava


  • Colombia
  • Venezuela
  • Bolivia
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica


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SIA RU007297


15 field books

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Smithsonian Institution Archives