Hawaii, 1923 (Tanager Expedition) : field notes, circa 10 April- 20 August 1923

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Fieldnotes document Alexander Wetmore's participation in the Tanager Expedition, 1923, while working for the U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Biological Survey. The expedition was conducted with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, and USDA. Entries are listed by date and are chronological. The field notes list supplies purchased in San Francisco and Honolulu (in some cases listing for whom the supplies were purchased); bird lists with name and gender (some measurements); journal style entries about daily activities,and interactions with members of the expedition; details about observed wildlife; specimen counts; list of reference materials; and list of film. |In a separate envelope is a 30 page list of specimens collected by Wetmore. A letter with it (October 29, 1974) states that it is was found in Dr. Murphy's files, and returned to Wetmore by Mary LeCroy. A note in different handwriting states that "cat. no.s 7588-7887 on the sheets refer to A.W. field catalog for 1923 of specimens collected in Hawaii. Cat. no. 245904 215184-245987 are not from the U.S. National Museum catalog." List includes species name, collector's number, sex, date, collector and locality. Sites covered include: Laysan, Lisianski, Wake, Johnston Islands.

Date Range


Start Date

Apr 10, 1923

End Date

Aug 20, 1923

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Lisianski Island
  • Laysan Island
  • Johnston Island
  • United States
  • Hawaii
  • Hawaiian Islands
  • Wake Island


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 142 Folder 4