Hancock South America Expedition, 1939 : diary, March 16 - May 6, 1939

ID: SIA RU007231

Creator: Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1939

Citation: Waldo L. Schmitt Papers, 1907-1978

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The diary documents Waldo Schmitt's work during the Hancock South America Expedition, 1939. It covers the dates March 16 - May 6, 1939. Entries are dated and journal style. Travel and daily activities are recorded from his departure from New York. Locations are sometimes listed at the beginning of entries. Subject matter discusses interactions and meetings with colleagues, their family members, and expedition participants; daily expenses and activities; collecting locations; details about crew; descriptions of terrain and vegetation of destinations; interactions with local inhabitants while working in the field; and notes in the back of the notebook. locations visited include the vicinity of Panama (Caledonia Bay), Colombia (including Puerto Colombia and Magdalena River), and Trinidad.

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 16, 1939

End Date

May 06, 1939

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  • Crustacea
  • Zoology
  • Crustaceans


  • Puerto Colombia
  • Caledonia, Bahía de
  • Colombia
  • Trinidad
  • Panama
  • Magdalena


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007231

Collection name

Waldo L. Schmitt Papers, 1907-1978

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 96