Western United States, 1932, to conduct field research and collect natural history specimens, particularly in Arizona, correspondence with John Enos Graf and others; notes; expense records; and memorabilia

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Alexander Wetmore went to the western United States in 1932 to conduct field research and collect natural history specimens, particularly in Arizona. He also visited colleagues in California. Some specimens such as the rough-legged hawks were collected alive, and sent to the National Zoological Park. Includes correspondence, itemized expense report (including destinations), notes, expense records, permits, and memorabilia. Correspondence documents communications with state officials including Game Wardens, colleagues, and the Smithsonian. Subject matter includes specimens collected and limits to types allowed; on-going business of the Smithsonian; possible expedition with Bartsch and Stejneger to lesser Antilles to study fish; and possible "semi-scientific" yacht cruise funded and organized by Mr. Albert D. Willard; and applications for permits to State Game commissions (in some cases bird names are listed). Correspondence with John Enos Graf and others. Collecting sites include Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 13, 1932

End Date

Dec 06, 1932

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • New Mexico
  • United States
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Arizona


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence
  • Memorabilia

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 143 Folder 9