Costa Rica, 1940 : to collect bird specimens for the USNM, and examine the biological laboratory on Barro Colorado Island and an archaeological site in Guatemala; Correspondence, expense records, field notes, photographs and photographic records, and reference materials; Correspondents include Charles G. Abbot, John Enos Graf, Frank M. Setzler, and Louise M. Pearson

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Creator

  • Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978
  • Abbot, Charles G.
  • Graf, John Enos
  • Setzler, Frank M.
  • Pearson, Louise M.

Abstract

Alexander Wetmore travels to Costa Rica in 1940-1941 to collect bird specimens for the US National Museum, and examine the biological laboratory on Barro Colorado Island and an archaeological site in Guatemala. Materials include correspondence, itemized expense records, field notes, photographs and photographic records, memorabilia, and reference materials. Correspondence (in Spanish and English) includes letters from colleagues in central America, letters detailing locations to visit (including Hacienda Santa María and Liberia in Guanacaste), and ongoing work at the Smithsonian. Correspondents include Charles G. Abbot, John Enos Graf, Frank M. Setzler, and Louise M. Pearson. 4 pages of field notes describe birds observed at Barro Colorado Island and bird lists. Photographs are captioned with country information and appear to have been taken when proceeding to Hacienda Santa Maria in Guanacaste. Subject matter includes countryside (farmland, pastures, rivers, men on horseback, valleys) in envelope with photographs is a photo list detail those enclosed and others not included in folder.

Date Range

1940-1941

Start Date

Jun 21, 1940

End Date

Feb 03, 1941

Access Information

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Topic

  • Birds
  • Ornithology

Place

  • Liberia
  • Hacienda Santa María
  • Guanacaste
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • Barro Colorado

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Receipts (financial records)

Accession #

SIA RU007006

Collection name

Alexander Wetmore Papers, circa 1848-1979 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 145 Folder 2