Antarctic Service Expedition, 1939-1941

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Materials include field catalogs, notes, and correspondence on mammals, primarily seals, collected during the U.S. Antarctic Service Expedition, 1939-1941. The catalogs cover field number, some U.S. National Museum specimen (USNM catalog) numbers, sex, type, locality, date collected, measurements (total length, tail, hind foot), and remarks. Correspondence discusses instructions of specimen collecting and blood sampling; relationships with other correspondents from various institutions (Rutgers University, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Navy); and communications with Waldo Schmitt in reference to specimen preservation. Loose pages are mostly preprinted forms for specimen data and measurements. These document weddell seal specimens, catalog numbers 269528 - 269531. They record color, total length and 20 different specific types of measurements. Collectors include Carl R. Eklund, M.J. Lobell, and Jack Perkins. Locations include Palmer Land, Bay of Whales, East Base in Neny Fjord, Discovery Inlet, and Melchior Harbor.

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  • Zoology
  • Mammalogy


  • Palmer Land
  • Antarctica
  • Whales, Bay of


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-214

Collection name

Division of Mammals Collection, Antarctic Service Expedition, 1939-1941

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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