C. O. Handley, Jr., Guatemala, 1947, journal

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The journal documents the field work of Charles O. Handley, Jr., in Guatemala, March 3 - June 2, 1947. Entries are dated and headed with locality or route, sometimes elevation. They describe travel details (routes, time of day, mode of transportation), colleagues with whom worked (including Bob Miller collecting fish for the Department of Fish and Wildlife), vegetation (including farmland) and terrain observed enroute (including from plane), birds and mammals observed (quantity, type, appearance, behavior, birds songs), interactions with local inhabitants (including staff and officials), specimens collected, and collecting methods (sometimes listed with quantity, type, time of day or night). Sometimes at the end of entries ,there are lists of observations for mammals and birds with type and counts. Localities are sometimes identified by railroad crossing or distance from town. Travel route went through New Orleans (Louisiana) to sites throughout Guatemala.

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 03, 1947

End Date

Jun 02, 1947

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Mammals at 202-633-1253 to make an appointment.


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology




  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-448

Collection name

Division of Mammals, C. O. Handley field notes, 1942-1993

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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