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, June 1905 - January 1906

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1905-1906

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

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Alexander Wetmore records details about specimen collecting and observations of birds in the vicinity of Independence, Kansas, Kansas; Minco, Oklahoma; and Lawrence, Kansas during June 1905 - January 1906. Specimen numbers include 1199 - 1459. The notebook begins with migration lists for spring in Independence, Kansas and Minco, Oklahoma; Fall migration is on page 118. He includes common name of birds, date first seen, quantity, next date seen, date became common, when last seen, common or rare, breeds, and remarks. |Subsequent information is listed chronologically, headed by date, and includes journal-style entries describing weather, method of collecting, bird behaviors, environment, and specimens collected. Specimen details include collector, location, appearance, and stomach contents. Entries for Lawrence, Kansas, begin with his attendance of the University of Kansas (September 3 - January 27) and includes personal details and observations of the town, mentions specimens he's received from other sources. Repeated visits occur to sites in the vicinity of Kaw River and Wakarusa River near Lawrence, Kansas. Harry Fowler, J. Beck, and R. Hunt are mentioned as companions during some outings.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 01, 1905

End Date

Jan 27, 1906

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Minco
  • United States
  • Wakarusa River
  • Independence
  • Lawrence
  • Kaw River
  • Kansas


  • 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 3