General correspondence, 1926-1929

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Correspondence documents collecting done by Charles Orcutt for the United States National Museum (USNM) and The United States Geological Survey (USGS) between 1926-1929. Includes plants, shells, insects, corral, and fossil specimens. Correspondence describe circumstance surrounding collecting efforts; these sometimes include descriptions of the environment, time of day, surrounding vegetation and terrain, weather, descriptions of condition from the environment. Letters refer to specimen numbers. Includes hand-drawn maps with notes referring to specimen collection locations. Responding correspondence lists specimen identifications. Locations in Jamaica include the vicinity of Port Royal, Claremont, Kingston, and Balaclava.

Date Range


Start Date

Sep 27, 1926

End Date

Jul 23, 1929

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  • Animals
  • Paleontology--Cretaceous
  • Mollusks
  • Plants
  • Paleontology--Tertiary
  • Invertebrates
  • Botany


  • Port Royal
  • Kingston
  • Jamaica
  • Claremont
  • Balaclava


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence

Accession #

SIA RU007088

Collection name

Charles Russell Orcutt Papers, 1926-1929

Physical Description

1 Field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1 Folder 1