Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, Merlin D. Tuttle 17 November 1965 - 26 January 1966 journal

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The journal documents the field work of Merlin D. Tuttle for the Smithsonian Venezuelan Project, November 17, 1965 - January 26, 1966. Entries are headed with date and location (town, distance from, including ranches and plantations). They describe travel details (destinations, accommodations, mode of transportation, routes, time of day), daily work, interactions with colleagues and local inhabitants, communications with C. O. Handley, flora (types, measurements) and fauna observed, terrain, weather and phase of moon, specimens collected (type, quantity, sometimes specimen number). There are hand drawn maps with notes on numbered collecting sites. These are followed by a list of descriptions of vegetation and terrain of collecting sites. Locations are in the vicinity of Caracas [Distrito Federal] and Puerto Páez.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 17, 1965

End Date

Jan 26, 1966

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.




  • Venezuela
  • Distrito Federal
  • Puerto Páez


  • 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