Panama 1959, daily journal

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The journal documents the field work of Charles O. Handley, Jr., in Panama, January 15 - March 24, 1959. Entries are dated and headed with location / route. They include travel details (mode of transportation, destinations, accommodations, campsites) from Washington DC, work with Bernie [Bernard] Feinstein (NMNH, Division of Birds), daily activities and time of day, work and interactions with colleagues, collecting methods (time of day, type including live traps, strategies), specimens collected (bats) sometimes as lists with totals, observed flora and fauna (including nests and behavior), terrain (elevation) and vegetation, list of names for fauna in the Choco Indian language, weather, health issues of collectors. There are notes in the margins highlighting topics discussed in the entries like vegetation and specimen type (mammals). Includes loose inserts that are tables of bats collected including scientific name, date, quantity per camp, individual, and species for campsites. Lists are headed with each location and date range. There are hand drawn maps of collecting sites and sketches of trapping methods. Locations include the vicinity of Darién, Tacarcuna village, Boca de Paya. There is correspondence from Alejandro (last name not listed) relating to field work in Darién.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 15, 1959

End Date

Mar 24, 1959

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.


  • Mammalogy
  • Choco Indians


  • Panama
  • Darién


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Maps
  • Sketches

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