SIC 3 - McKean (no negatives)

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The black-and-white photographs document field work on KcKean Island, Kiribati, October 1963. Images have captions on the reverse side listing location, description (sometimes additional location information), date (range), and possibly photographer's initials. Some photographs were taken by Roger Clapp. Subject matter covers candid images of participants at work including skinning birds (D. A. Bratley, F. C. Sibley), individual and groups of birds of various ages (Lesser Frigatebird, Red-footed Booby, Fairy Tern, Blue-gray Noddy, Hawaiian Noddy, Greater Frigate, Shearwater, Red-tailed Tropic Bird), nests and colonies, terrain (rock rubble, central lagoon), remains of guano industry, vegetation (sesuvium). Some images are from Canton Island [Kanton] including accommodations and habitat.

Date Range


Start Date

Sep 30, 1963

End Date

Sep 30, 1963

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  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Ornithology
  • Botany


  • Phoenix Group
  • McKean Atoll; McKean Island
  • Kiribati
  • Kanton


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Black-and-white photographs

Accession #

SIA RU000245

Collection name

National Museum of Natural History, Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program, records, circa 1961-1973, with data from 1923

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 228 Folder 16