Correspondence with Miller, Abbott from South America, 1920 Australia

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The manuscript, correspondence, reports, and typed field notes document Charles M. Hoy's field work in Australia. The manuscript describes the William Louis Abbott Australian Expedition (1919-1922) and its destinations, participants, and findings. Correspondence includes letters between Hoy and the Smithsonian while in various locations across Australia, detailing financial aspects; supplies; staffing; interactions with local inhabitants and civil authorities, and museums; specimen shipments; destinations; and specimens collected per site. They mentions fossils, birds, and mammals. Correspondents include G. S. Miller, Jr., Curator of the Division of Mammals, and Dr. William Abbott. The handwritten reports describe results of trips to Port Lincoln (Eyre Peninsula). Field notes are typed and are listed by scientific name, describing where collected, behaviors, and habitat. Materials have been photocopied with a copy enclosed in folder. Locations include Chillagos, Sydney, New South Wales, Kangaroo Island, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Northern Queensland.

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Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Mammals at 202-633-1253 to make an appointment.


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Western Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Tasmania
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Northern Territory
  • Australia
  • Port Lincoln
  • Chillagoe
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Sydney
  • Queensland


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-247

Collection name

Division of Mammals collection, Charles M. Hoy Field Notes, 1919-1923

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

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