Field notes, December 1904 - January 1907 : mostly bird observations and collecting data taken at Independence and Lawrence, Kansas, also includes notes taken at Minco, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), May 1905; and Stockton, California, October 1906 - January 1907

ID: SIA RU007006

Creator: Field Notes, December 1904 - March 1905

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1904-1905

Citation: Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

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Alexander Wetmore records information about collected specimens and observations of birds in the vicinity of Independence, Kansas, December 1904 - March 1905, when he worked as an Assistant at the University of Kansas Museum. Entries are chronological and listed by date; they consist of journal style descriptions of outings to collect and observe, and lists of specimens collected per day. Specimen details include: number, name (scientific or common),collector name, location, appearance, size (with measurements), and stomach contents. Along the left-hand side of entries, Wetmore records specimen numbers and bird's names for quick reference. He discusses his method of collecting, weather, and conditions of trips. He references participation in Christmas Bird Census and Bird Lore. On page 131 there is a bird-list for February 1905. Repeated trips are made to the vicinity of Verdigris River [North Branch Verdigris River] and Elk River.

Date Range


Start Date

Dec 02, 1904

End Date

Mar 25, 1905

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • Independence
  • North Branch Verdigris River
  • Kansas
  • Elk River


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 notebook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 133 Folder 1