Joe T. Marshall Field Notes, 1932-2001, from the Division of Birds

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This collection contains 63 field books and 2 folders by Joe T. Marshall, originally maintained by the Division of Birds. The field notes mostly consist of journals with daily entries, and species accounts with multiple dated entries containing information regarding a certain species. Entries mostly relate to birds, but there is also information on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and plants. Marshall takes particular interest in gibbons and towhees as well. Localities include but may not be limited to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, the Philippines, Arizona, Indonesia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Nepal, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, India, Fiji, and Singapore. Information included in journal entries and species accounts relates instances of observing and collecting animals, often detailing their age, sex, coloration, physical measurements, calls, the surrounding terrain, specific locality, weather and wind conditions, altitude, and coordinates. There are also many animal sketches and sketched and printed maps, some with a great degree of detail.

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  • Aves
  • Mammalia
  • Reptilia
  • Amphibia
  • Osteichthyes
  • Hylobatidae
  • Pipilo
  • Animalia
  • Plantae
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Bony fishes
  • Gibbons
  • Towhees


  • Puerto Rico
  • Fiji
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Canada
  • Taiwan
  • Mexico
  • Arizona
  • Nepal
  • Indonesia


Collection record

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-576


63 field books, 2 folders

Physical Location

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