Presidential Cruise of 1938 : diary, July 14 - August 11, 1938, also includes newspaper clippings

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The diary, made up of loose pages and a bound volume with news clippings, documents Waldo Schmitt's work during the Presidential Cruise of 1938. The dates cover July 14 - August 11, 1938. Entries are dated and journal style. Sometimes location is listed at the top of the entry. Subject matter includes locations visited; activities aboard ship; collecting sites and types of specimens (fish, crustaceans, birds) sometimes with times of day; anchorage locations; daily activities; wildlife observed, including birds; interactions with colleagues; and activities of the president. The bound volume includes dated entries, and mostly describing collecting activities. Locations include the vicinity of Magdalena Bay [Bahía Magdalena], Socorro Island [Isla Socorro], Mexico; and Galapagos Islands [Archipiélago de Colón]; Clipperton Island; Costa Rice; and Old Providence Island [Isla de Providencia].

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 14, 1938

End Date

Aug 11, 1938

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  • Crustacea
  • Zoology
  • Ichthyology
  • Crustaceans


  • Colón, Archipiélago de
  • Socorro, Isla
  • Magdalena, Bahía
  • Clipperton Island
  • Providencia, Isla de
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Accession #

SIA RU007231

Collection name

Waldo L. Schmitt Papers, 1907-1978

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 95