Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Norman Peterson, 1 February - 31 March 1967 journal

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The journal documents the field work of Norman Peterson for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, February 1 - March 31, 1967. Appears to include entries from D. B. P., possibly Daniel B. Peacock. Entries are dated and in two formats. First includes numbered lists detailing collecting method with type, quantity, and location; time of day placed; quantity and type of specimens collected (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects) including condition and health; location specimens processed (beginning with 12268); weather and temperature; vegetation (sometimes with measurements); and habitat. Other entries are narrative style, headed with location, and describe travel details (accommodations, destinations, mode of transportation), procuring supplies, interactions with local inhabitants and officials, daily activities, communities visited, and specimen exchanges including ectoparasites. There are lists of wildlife seen in regions, compiled from conversations with local inhabitants. There are hand drawn maps with notes on collecting sites. Location information is a combination town or region, distance from, altitude, latitude and longitude; sometimes areas are numbered. There are several hand drawn maps of collecting sites, illustrations of live trap design, and a list of road kills at the end of the notebook.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 01, 1967

End Date

Mar 31, 1967

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.


  • Herpetology
  • Entomology
  • Mammalogy




  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps
  • Illustrations

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