Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Norman Peterson, 12 March - 16 June 1966, journal

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The journal documents the field work of Norman Peterson for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, March 12 - June 16, 1966. Entries are dated and pages are usually headed with site number and sometimes additional location information (latitude and longitude, town, region, distance from). Format changes midway through the notebook. Initially information is listed in numbered categories: quantity and distribution of snap traps; details on mist traps; quantity of mammals collected; quantity of trap nite (?); weather conditions, temperature, vegetation and habitat, sometimes with time of day; and animals processed including specimen numbers. Sometimes there are hand drawn maps of the collecting areas, additional information about specimen characteristics. Following this are descriptive narratives headed with date, location, and elevation, followed by flora and fauna sometimes with measurements, terrain, weather, and temperature. There are tables of data on altitude, and corrections (reference, truck. thommen).

Date Range


Start Date

Mar 12, 1966

End Date

Jun 16, 1966

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.






  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-449

Collection name

Division of Mammals, Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, 1965 - 1968

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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