Waldo L. Schmitt Papers : diary, trip to Panama and Galapagos Islands, April 1941 [transcript].

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Abstract

This diary is part of a collection of Waldo L. Schmitt papers. Schmitt was a carcinologist. During the summers of 1924 and 1925, Schmitt was at the Carnegie Institution's Marine Laboratory at Tortugas, Florida, surveying the crustacean fauna of the area, identifying crustaceans found in the stomachs of fishes, and taking underwater photographs. In 1925, Schmitt was awarded the Smithsonian's Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship "for the study of the fauna of countries other than the United States." The scholarship enabled him to collect marine invertebrates along the coasts of South America from 1925 to 1927. He also participated in field work at Tortugas during the summers of 1930, 1931, and 1932. As a guest of G. Huntington Hartford, he explored and collected in the West Indies on the Smithsonian-Hartford West Indies Expedition of 1937. During 1941 and 1942, Schmitt spent time on special detail with the United States Navy investigating the possibility of establishing a biological station in the Galapagos Islands. The diary, a printed transcript of the original, includes notes related to a Spring trip to Panama and the Galapagos. The notes start on April 1st and end on April 28, 1941. They are diary notes and mention the general conditions of the trip, without any list of collected specimens.

Date Range

1941

Start Date

1941

End Date

1941

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Topic

  • Crustacea
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural History
  • Zoology
  • Galapagos Islands--Discovery and exploration
  • Crustaceans
  • Marine biology
  • Natural history

Place

  • Colón, Archipiélago de
  • Panama

Form/Genre

  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary

Accession #

SIA Acc. 17-104

Collection name

Waldo L. Schmitt papers, 1924-1927, 1930-1932, 1937, 1941-1942, 1961-1963

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Sublocation

Box 1, folder 30