Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Norman Peterson, 1 January - 15 April 1968 journal

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The journal documents the field work of Norman Peterson for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, January 1 - April 15, 1968. Entries are dated and come in two formats: narrative style and numbered lists. Narrative entries describe travel details (routes, destinations, campsites), daily activities, interactions with local officials and colleagues, collecting site terrain and vegetation, and various stages of work with specimens. Numbered lists describe details of specimen collecting events including collecting method (type, quantity, location), type and quantity of specimens (mammals), weather and habitat (sometimes phase of moon), specimens processed (sometimes with specimen numbers, 21004 - 22053), and comments. Collecting sites are numbered and described in detail. Location information includes town or district, distance from, altitude, latitude and longitude. There are hand drawn maps of campsites.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 01, 1968

End Date

Apr 15, 1968

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