Arkansas and Texas, 1917-1918 : To investigate damage done by birds to rice crops; Includes a field diary, 12 December 1917 - 6 January 1918, correspondence, and a report on the investigation

ID: SIA RU007006

Creator: Arkansas and Texas, 1917 - 1918

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1917-1918

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

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Creator

Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978

Alternate Title

Arkansas and Texas, 1917 - 1918

Abstract

Materials document Alexander Wetmore efforts to investigate damage done by birds to rice crops in Arkansas and Texas, while working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Biological Survey. Includes a field diary, 12 December 1917 - 6 January 1918, photographs, receipts, correspondence, and a report on the investigation. Report on Colorado and Texas: describes processing of farming rice in region irrigated by the Colorado River; damage from Blackbirds; discusses specific companies in the region; damage seen below Houston Texas. Report on Stuttgart and Dewitt [De Witt], Arkansas covers: general description of rice farming in the area; damage by ducks; damage seen at specific farms; and damage by blackbirds. There are a bird reports for the same areas, listing scientific name, frequency of sightings, and locations were seen. Short portion of the notebook details information requests, bird lists and counts. Photographs of crop samples.

Date Range

1917-1918

Start Date

Dec 12, 1917

End Date

Jan 06, 1918

Access Information

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Topic

  • Blackbirds
  • Rice
  • Ducks
  • Crop losses
  • Birds
  • Ornithology

Place

  • United States
  • Stuttgart
  • Texas
  • De Witt
  • Wharton
  • Colorado
  • Arkansas
  • Matagorda

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Reports

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 138 Folder 7