Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Norman Peterson, 1 July - 31 October 1967 journal

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The journal documents the field work of Norman Peterson for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, July 1 - October 31, 1967. Entries are dated and in two formats. First one includes numbered lists detailing specimen collecting. These relate collecting methods (type, quantity, locations), quantity and type of specimens, weather and temperature, time range of collecting, habitat and vegetation information, specimen numbers processed (13816 - 14790, but numbers are not always listed), and additional descriptions and comments relating to the period of work. Includes hand drawn maps for collecting locations with notes. There are also narrative style entries providing descriptions of daily activities, expenses, interactions, weather, and communications. Sometime these have descriptions of numbered areas with notes on vegetation (type and measurements) and terrain, sometimes soil composition. There are notes on observed behaviors of live specimens.

Date Range


Start Date

Jul 01, 1967

End Date

Oct 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.






  • 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