Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Norman Peterson, 1 November - 31 December 1967 journal

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The journal documents the field work of Norman Peterson for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, November 1 - December 31, 1967. The entries are in two formats, numbered lists detailing specimen collecting and narrative style entries describing a various aspects of the entire trip. These include daily activities, interactions (with officials, local inhabitants, and colleagues), routes, campsites, collecting locations, and work with specimens (collecting, processing, and shipping). Includes hand drawn maps of collecting sites and campsites. Numbered lists detail collecting methods (type, quantity, and location), quantity and type of specimens collected (mammals, reptile, ectoparasites), weather (sometimes temperature) and habitat, specimens processed (sometimes with numbers, including 14811 - 21002), and comments covering time range, location, and additional pertinent information. There are also descriptions of numbered collecting sites relating information about vegetation (types) and terrain including soil composition. Location information includes town or district, distance from, altitude, and latitude and longitude.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 01, 1967

End Date

Dec 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

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