Devra G. Kleiman Papers, 1967-2010

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Devra G. Kleiman's collection of field books reside within the SIA collection Devra G. Kleiman Papers, 1967-2010, Acc. 11-124. Other materials within the Kleiman's papers, including documents related to field research protocols and processed data, may relate to topics covered in this field book collection. Field books within this collection pertain to Kleiman's work for the National Zoological Park beginning in the 1970s to aid golden lion tamarins (and other lion tamarins) in Brazil, which were at the time critically endangered. Kleiman's notes discuss observing, processing, capturing, releasing, mating, and reintroducing golden lion tamarins (and other tamarins) into the Brazilian wild. Other tamarin species included in the notes are golden-head lion tamarins, black lion tamarins, black-faced lion tamarins, and pinche tamarins. Other mammals, including spiny rats and marmosets, are mentioned throughout Kleiman's notes. Field notes in this collection were taken during field work at several areas including but not limited to Peru, the Amazonian Rain forest, Poco das Antas Biological Reserve, Morro do Diabo State Park, União Biological Reserve, Ecoparque de Una (Una Ecopark or Una Biological Reserve), Emas National Park, Boi Branco (Vala do Arrastao), Belo Horizonte, and the Guaraqueçaba area of Paraná. Kleiman's field notes are narrative in nature describing the various events in the day from beginning to end, accompanied by her thoughts, reflections, and opinions on those events. Beside field work, Kleiman's notes also document her day to day activities like flights, traveling from location to location, meetings and discussions, parties, eating, and interpersonal relationships between colleagues. Kleiman will often refer to "Coimbra", who is the Brazilian biologist Adelmar Coimbra Filho who Kleiman worked closely with.

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  • Callitrichidae
  • Primates
  • Rodentia
  • Mammalia
  • Animalia
  • Golden-lion tamarins
  • Golden-headed lion tamarins
  • Black lion tamarins
  • Black-faced lion tamarins
  • Lion tamarins
  • Tamarins
  • Spiny rats
  • Rodents
  • Mammals
  • Marmosets


  • Brazil
  • São Paulo
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Peru
  • Amazon Rain Forest


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 11-124


34 field books

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives