Panama, 1960, (Bocas del Toro)

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The journal documents the field work of Charles O. Handley, Jr. in Bocas del Toro (Panama), January 12 - March 14, 1960. Entries are dated and headed with location or route. They describe travel details (mode of travel, destinations, routes, accommodations, field stations), staffing and work space in Panama, daily work, weather, travel companions, interactions with colleagues, collecting methods (quantity, type, location, whether day or night), specimens (bats and rats) collected (usually in a list with scientific name, quantity, condition), vegetation (types, including crops), as well as terrain and elevation. There are sketches of collecting sites with notes on terrain and vegetation. There are notes in the margins highlighting subject matter in the entries. Includes a letter from Gorgas Memorial Laboratory relating to anticipated field research. Locations include Almirante and Boca del Drago in Bocas del Toro.

Date Range


Start Date

Jan 12, 1960

End Date

Mar 14, 1960

Access Information

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  • Panama
  • Bocas del Toro, Archipiélago de


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • 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