A. C. Risser (vol. 2) 28 November 1963 - 10 May 1964 (South Africa) journal

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The journal documents Arthur Crane Risser Jr.'s field work in South Africa as part of the Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, November 28, 1963 - May 10, 1964. Entries are headed with date and locality (combination of distance from location, town, province, country). Content describes travel details (campsites, routes), terrain (including soil composition), vegetation, habitat, collecting method (type and quantity), daily activity and time of day, temperature and weather, phase of moon, specimens collected (type and quantity), colleagues with whom worked, specimen preparation, and interactions with local inhabitants. Includes a map of Springbok and Clanwilliam, relating to camp location; sketches of trapping setups; loose insert headed liver tissue samples [instructions] for Saimr; and correspondence to Henry W. Setzer from Peter Stettenheim (Zoologist with US Department of Agriculture) discussing methods to study chromosomes removed from specimen tissues. Locations include but not limited to Cape province and Natal [KwaZulu-Natal].

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 28, 1963

End Date

May 10, 1964

Access Information

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  • Clanwilliam
  • Springbok
  • South Africa
  • KwaZulu-Natal, Province of


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-444

Collection name

Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Institution African Mammal Project, 1961 - 1972

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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