John Xantus Field Books from the Division of Birds

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This collection contains 10 field books by John Xantus, originally maintained by the Division of Birds. Field books consist of specimen catalogs which contain bird, egg, nest, fish, insect, reptile, eel, mammal, mollusk, and crustacean specimens. These catalogs range in date from 1857-1864 and include localities within Mexico and California. Entries may be dated and may include such information as species or common name, sex, physical measurements, coloring, numbers of eggs and nests, and notes on collecting conditions and location. Field numbers are present, as well as some sketches.

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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
  • Mammalia
  • Reptilia
  • Insecta
  • Anguilliformes
  • Osteichthyes
  • Mollusca
  • Crustacea
  • Animalia
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Insects
  • Eels
  • Bony fishes
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans


  • United States
  • Mexico
  • California


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-483


10 field books

Physical Location

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