Record of Virginia coast birds

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Several field catalogs mostly of birds but also mammals, snakes, and fish Palmer collected from 1881 to 1897. Entries include collector or field number, scientific name, sex, date, and locality. 1) 6-16 July 1881, numbers 898 to 946, Cobb Island (VA) and other localities; 2) Smith Island, 23 August 1895 to 10 June 1897, 4059 to 4621b, and birds September 1897, 4750 to 4789, includes sketches of "air cells"; 3) birds observed on Smith Island 23 August to 8 September 1895 and September 1897, with occurrence information; 4) Dismal Swamp [currently Mill Creek] birds, 1896, 4239 to 4310; mammals, 1 to 33; 5) Snakes and fish, 2 - 16 June. Other miscellaneous notes including expenses are included. 77 pages.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 06, 1881

End Date

Aug 31, 1897

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Birds at (202) 633-0800 to make an appointment.


  • Animals
  • Herpetology
  • Birds
  • Ichthyology
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Cobb Island
  • Mill Creek
  • United States
  • Smith Island
  • Virginia


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-324

Collection name

William Palmer Field Notes, 1887, 1900, from the Division of Birds

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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


Box 17