Utah 1916 : Field diaries, 8 May - 26 October 1916

ID: SIA RU007006

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1916

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

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Materials document Alexander Wetmore's continued investigations into the nature and origin of duck mortality in Utah (1916), while in the employ of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Biological Survey. The notebook portion covers August 19 - October 26, 1916. Includes observations of individual birds over a series of days, bird lists and counts indicating sex. Appears to include specimen numbers. Some entries are made several times a day, with the time listed. The field book covers May 8 - August 14, 1916, in Kansas and Utah. Includes bird lists with common names, descriptions of observation sites, bird counts, and observations of individual birds. Some entries record observations occurring throughout the day, with time recorded. Also includes and expense lists and meeting details (with attendees named) discussing sites of sick birds and possible causes.

Date Range


Start Date

May 08, 1916

End Date

Oct 26, 1916

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Birds--Counting
  • Ornithology


  • United States
  • Lawrence
  • Kansas
  • Utah


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 138 Folder 4