Panama journal, 1962

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The journal documents the field work of Charles O. Handley, Jr., in Panama, January 9 - April 6, 1962. It includes a calendar with notes relating to travel destinations and time of day. Entries are dated and headed with location or route. They describe travel details (destinations, routes, distances, mode of transportation, time of day, campsites), daily activities, weather and temperature, interactions with colleagues, vegetation and terrain (including elevation), local staff, specimens collected (birds and mammals, sometimes in lists with quantity and time of day) and preparation, specimens exchanged, collecting methods (type i.e. trap lines, quantity, location), and supplies. There are references to parasite collecting. There are references to use of facilities and equipment at area US military bases. There are notes in the margins highlighting subject matter in the entries. Includes correspondence from Alexander Wetmore relating to field work. There is a table of totals on mammals trapped with notes on whether habitat is forest or cultivated. There are hand drawn maps of collecting areas (coast of Panama near Isla Coiba and a note about provisions and mammals collected listed with date range]. Locations include the vicinity of Azuero Peninsula, Cerro Hoya, Las Palmitas, Guánico, Quebra, Cerro Punta, Cerro Azul.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 09, 1962

End Date

Apr 06, 1962

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.


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Panama
  • Azuero


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Correspondence
  • Maps

Accession #

SIA Acc. 12-448

Collection name

Division of Mammals, C. O. Handley field notes, 1942-1993

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Mammals