National Museum of Natural History, Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, records, circa 1961-1973, with data from 1923

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Field books, unbound notes, maps, and photographs from this collection document the activities of researchers conducting biological surveys in the Pacific Ocean with the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, with an emphasis on banding pelagic birds to determine migration, distribution and populations.|The Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP) was initiated in 1962 when the Smithsonian Institution entered into a grant agreement with the Department of Defense. From January 1963 through June 1969 Smithsonian Institution employees undertook biological surveys in an area of the Pacific Ocean spanning the equator and extending from latitude 30 degrees north to 10 degrees south and from longitude 150 degrees west to 180 degrees west, an area dotted with clusters of islands and atolls. The major goals of the program were to learn what plants and animals occurred on the islands, the seasonal variations in their numbers and reproductive activities, and the distribution and population of the pelagic birds of that area. Materials have been cataloged from the following series: Series 9: field correspondence; Series 12: field notes and journals; Series 24: at-sea data; Series 26: at-sea observation checklists; Series 44: stomach data; Series 51: maps and charts; Series 53: photographs by location; Series 54: photographs, by southern island cruise; Series 55: photographs, by animal.

Date Range

circa 1961-1973

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  • Aves
  • Procellariidae
  • Animalia
  • Plantae
  • Birds
  • Shearwaters and petrels


Pacific Ocean


Collection record

Accession #

SIA RU000245


1117 field books

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives