Costa Rica, 1907

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This diary contains information about Carriker's collecting trip to Costa Rica to collect birds, mammals, and insects from 1 June to 18 August 1907, probably for the Carnegie Museum. Entries are narrative and describe every day activities, impressions on villages and surroundings, and collecting activities.Frequently collected animals include "pava" and tapir. Insects including hymenoptera and lepidoptera were also collected. Notes on vegetation are included in descriptions. Sketches of the village are included. Localities include, but are not limited to Boruca, Barranca River, El Pozo (currently Ciudad Cortés), Buenos Aires Trail (near River Balsar), and Tapir Creek.

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 01, 1907

End Date

Aug 18, 1907

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  • Animals
  • Entomology
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Balsar, Río
  • Barranca, Río
  • Ciudad Cortés
  • Costa Rica
  • Boruca


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA RU007297

Collection name

Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, Jr., Papers, 1901, 1907, 1909-1910, 1918, 1929-1965

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 3 Folder 1