South America, 1920-1921 : Includes correspondence (in English and Spanish), photographic data, newsclippings, memorabilia, and reference materials (2 of 2)

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Second of two folders of materials documenting Alexander Wetmore's work in South America for the U.S. Department Agriculture , Bureau of Biological Survey, 1920-1921. He was investigating the distribution of life zones of North American migratory birds in southern South America. Materials include diplomatic and business correspondence; photographic data (including subject and location); memorabilia (menus showing consumption of North American birds); business cards; reference materials; and lists of plant specimens collected in Uruguay and Argentina (numbers with scientific names). Correspondence details requests for specific specimens; aspects of expenses; letters of introduction; requests for small mammal specimens. Includes: Regulations for the hunting of Animals Useful to Agriculture; memo for a contracting position for a specialist in cattle tick fever and ticks with note indicating Wetmore would bring the request to the attention of someone in Washington D.C.; handwritten notes describing a meeting with Dr. R. Dabbene, Ornithologist at National Museum in Buenos Aires and his views on the past and future of bird populations in the area (includes bird lists from Dabbene). Of note is Wetmore's tracking the consumption of game birds in restaurants through collection of menus, during his time in Buenos Aires.

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  • Animals
  • Migratory birds
  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Ornithology
  • Botany


  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Brazil
  • Chaco
  • Tucumán
  • Buenos Aires
  • Paraguay
  • Asuncion
  • Chile


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Memorabilia

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

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Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 140 Folder 2