Venezuela, 1954 : to take part in a ornithological expedition sponsored by William H. Phelps; Correspondence, travel notes, expense records, itineraries, provisions lists, maps, reports, and reference materials; Correspondents include James H. Kempton, William H. Phelps, Jr., and Helena M. Weiss

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Creator

  • Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978
  • Weiss, Helena M.
  • Phelps Jr, William H.
  • Kempton, J. H. (James Howard), 1891-1970
  • Phelps Expedition to Territory of Amazonas, Venezuela (1954)

Abstract

Alexander Wetmore travels to the Amazonas territory of Venezuela in 1954 to take part in a ornithological expedition sponsored by William H. Phelps. Materials include correspondence, travel notes, expense records, itineraries, provisions lists, maps, reports, and reference materials. Correspondents include James H. Kempton, William H. Phelps, Jr., and Helena M. Weiss. A two page summary of the expedition (August 8, 1954) explains followed the major waterways of the region, Río Guainía and Río Yatua continuing on to Cerro de la Neblina, then on to Maroa and Victorino near the border of Colombia. The group included botanists, geologists and ornithologists. Wetmore's field notes are chronological and include bird lists, supply lists, and individuals and contact information. Maps include a Orinoco Mining Company Map includes markings indicating route, stopping points and corresponding dates; copy of a map with markings, Map of Cerro de la Neblina, and colored map of Route of the Phelps Expedition of Venezuela, 1954.

Date Range

1953-1954

Start Date

Sep 28, 1953

End Date

Aug 05, 1954

Access Information

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Topic

  • Birds
  • Ornithology

Place

  • Yatua, Río
  • Amazonas
  • Maroa
  • Venezuela
  • Neblina, Cerro de la
  • Victorino
  • Guainía

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps
  • Correspondence
  • Itineraries

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 146 Folder 6