Steere, Joseph Beal, Brazil, 1901

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The 2 notebooks document Joseph Beal Steere's field work for the U.S. National Museum in Brazil 1901. The first, a four-page notebook, entitled "Notes of Prof. J.B. Steere, Brazil, 1901," is a catalog of mammal specimens. Pages are numbered. Entries include a combination of specimen number (6-100), type, age, quantity, location, collecting method, observed behavior, and notes on environment. Specimen numbers are not consecutive. Names of locations have been written in by possibly another hand, to clarify handwriting. Entries vary in length. Locations include Manaus, Muaná, Marajo [Ilha de Marajó], and Purus River.|The second, entitled, "Joseph Beal Steere, Field Catalog, 1901" is typed, and begins with a description of the locations and purpose of the field work as well as citation for a Smithsonian Annual Report. The catalog is a listing of mammal specimens. It states that specimens were collected for the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo. It appears to be a compilation of Steere's data and subsequent assigned specimen numbers. Details include twos set of specimen numbers (6 - 215; 105527 - 105538), type, quantity, location collected, date (February 1-15, 1901), age, part collected, and remarks that range from behaviors observed to notes on appearance. Specimens collected include bats and small mammals.

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  • Brazil
  • Manaus
  • Muaná
  • Marajó, Ilha de
  • Purus River


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-164

Collection name

Division of Mammals Collection, Joseph Beal Steere, Brazil, Notes and catalog, 1901

Physical Description

2 field books

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals