Porto Rico, 1911 - 1912 : expense books and addresses

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This includes notebooks with travel expenses, receipts, and calling cards and addresses documenting Alexander Wetmore's time collecting in Porto Rico [Puerto Rico], 1911-1912 for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Biological Survey. Five notebooks listing expenses were provided by the USDA, and reside in an archival envelope. Most expenses relate to room, board, supplies, hired labor, and travel. Travel specifies destination and mode of travel. Listings were usually entered several times are week. Cards and addresses reside in a second archival envelope. Some include only the person's name, others include information identifying the person, Wetmore's relationship with them, or contact information. Some information noted includes person's profession, basic appearance description, whether they own a notable property, run a pertinent business like a ferry, or reminders to send the person requested information. Most of the cards are cut and filled in by Wetmore.

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


Puerto Rico


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Account book
  • Receipts (financial records)

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

2 envelopes

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 137 Folder 5