Robert E. Elbel Field Notes, 1953-1955, from the Division of Birds

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


This collection contains three folders of field notes created by Robert E. Elbel, originally maintained by the National Museum of Natural History, Division of Birds. One folder of notes is missing. The remaining field notes document birds collected in Thailand from 1952-1955. Notes are mostly in Thai, except for scientific names and some dates. Some specimens from Laos are also recorded. Also included are two rolls of microfilm. One roll is likely a copy of the two folders of field notes. The other roll of film is possibly a copy of the missing notes. Elbel also collected mammals during this trip. See SIA Acc. 12-238 for information on mammal field notes from Elbel during this trip.

Date Range


Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Birds at (202) 633-0800 to make an appointment.


  • Aves
  • Animalia
  • Birds


  • Thailand
  • Laos


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-290


5 field books

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Birds