Field notes on Crossroads Project, atomic bomb, to Marshall Islands in the Pacific from Feb. 13, 1946 to

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This journal was kept by Leonard P. Schultz during his work for Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946. Schultz participated in surveying fauna before and after the atomic bomb tests. The journal includes data, field notes, and color illustrations of fishes. Data recorded includes: record of flying fish flights (flight time, number of take off, date); fish discarded. Long, narrative entries describe daily activities (such as poisoning and collecting fish), and observations about the shoreline and abundance of fish. Schultz includes physical descriptions of fish specimens and also notes color and patterns of fish through sketches that he completed in color pencil. Numbers (possibly station numbers) are included with some specimen entries. An index of color sketches and a record of photographs taken can be found in the back of the book.

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 25, 1946

End Date

Jun 28, 1946

Access Information

At least 24 hours advance notice is recommended to consult this collection. Contact the Division of Fishes at (301) 238-1736 to make an appointment.




  • Marshall Islands
  • Bikini
  • Kwajalein


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA RU007220

Collection name

National Museum of Natural History (U.S.), collected notes, lists, catalogs, illustrations, and records on fishes, circa 1835-1974 and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

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


Series 2, Schultz 10