Alexander Wetmore Field Books, 1894-1975, from the Division of Birds

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This collection contains 76 field books by Alexander Wetmore, originally maintained by the Division of Birds. These items document Wetmore's field work from 1911-1975 mostly with birds, but also with plants, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. The collection contains field journals, which detail personal daily activity, and observation and collection specifics of specimens; field catalogs, which contain numbered specimen lists of skins, stomachs, skeletons, and alcoholics, with accompanying notes; and field notes, organized by species and detailing observations by date and locality, with collection information where appropriate.|Also present within the field journals are numerous additional official and related documents collected on Wetmore's field trips. Documents include such material as tickets, menus, programs, passports, and permits.|A majority of this material details field work done in Panama but a number of other localities are also documented, such as the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Haiti, Zimbabwe, South Africa, England, the Netherlands Antilles, and the Wake Islands.

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  • Aves
  • Osteichthyes
  • Insecta
  • Amphibia
  • Reptilia
  • Mammalia
  • Plantae
  • Animalia
  • Birds
  • Bony fishes
  • Insects
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Mammals


  • Wake Islands
  • Colombia
  • Haiti
  • Puerto Rico
  • Argentina
  • United States
  • England
  • Costa Rica
  • Venezuela
  • Panama
  • Brazil
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Bonaire


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-331


76 field books

Physical Location

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