Vernon Bailey Papers, 1889-1941 and undated, field notes and journals, 1889-1941

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This collection of field notes is part of a larger collection of the papers of Vernon Bailey which can be found using the same record unit number (RU7267). This collection consists of field notes and journals documenting Vernon Orlando Bailey's career as a field naturalist for the Bureau of Biological Survey and its predecessor the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy of the Department of Agriculture, 1889-1933. Also included are notes and journals from field trips made by Bailey after his retirement from the Biological Survey in 1933, particularly in relation to his research on how to create more humane animal traps. The field notes contain a record of flora and fauna observed and collected by Bailey. Also included are narrative journal entries, specimen lists, travel itineraries, expense accounts, miscellaneous notes, and drawings. Field books often contain loose pressed flower and plant specimens.

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  • Rodentia
  • Heteromyidae
  • Sciuridae
  • Dipodidae
  • Canidae
  • Passeridae
  • Castoridae
  • Chiroptera
  • Cervidae
  • Strigiformes
  • Animalia
  • Plantae
  • Rodents
  • Prairie dogs
  • Kangaroo rats
  • Jumping mice
  • Beavers
  • Wolves
  • Coyote
  • Bobcat
  • Opossums
  • Foxes
  • Deer
  • Squirrels
  • Bats
  • Plants
  • Owls


  • Oregon
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • New York
  • Montana
  • United States
  • Wyoming
  • Grand Canyon
  • Glacier National Park
  • Minnesota
  • California
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • North Dakota
  • Arizona
  • Nevada


Collection record

Accession #

SIA RU007267


83 field books

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives