South America, 1920-1921 : Reports, photographs, and miscellaneous notes

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Materials document Wetmore's observations and collecting efforts in South America, 1920-1921, while working for the U.S. Department Agriculture, Bureau of Biological Survey. He was investigating the distribution of life zones of North American migratory birds in southern South America. Includes a report, photographs and notes. Report is entitled: Report on an investigation of the present status of birds that migrate from the United States and Canada to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile. It includes table of contents, itinerary, breakdown for each country mentioned, present and future status of migratory birds, capture and sale, general knowledge of their status, and pertinent treaties. Also included are loose typed and handwritten notes describing characteristics of birds in an outline style, listed by their scientific names (pages are numbered) and list of specimens (skins in alcohol, skeletons, and mammals) by location. Locations include: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Formosa, Buenos Aires, Chaco and Rocha.

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  • Animals
  • Migratory birds
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Uruguay
  • Rocha
  • Chaco
  • Buenos Aires
  • Paraguay
  • Chile
  • Formosa


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • 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


Box 140 Folder 4