SIA RU102005, Smithsonian Institution, Washington Biologists' Field Club, circa 1900-1966 Records

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The records of the Club include photograph albums; registers signed by members when visiting the Island; ARCHIVES, including minutes, annual reports, correspondence, and legal documents; a card file compiled by members containing notes on bird species found on the Island; Treasurer's reports; a card catalog of Coleoptera on the Island; a card catalog of Diptera, vertebrates, and plants on the Island; and notes by Herbert Spencer Barber, mostly on beetles. The visitor registers also contain some observations on weather and other occurrences on the Island. NOTE: These papers are located in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology.


  • Barber, Herbert Spencer 1882-1950
  • Washington Biologists' Field Club


  • The Washington Biologists' Field Club was founded in 1900 by a group of Washington area naturalists to establish a base of field operations for working biologists. In that year, the Club rented property near Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In 1901, the members rented Plummer's Island, Maryland, located in the Potomac River and, in 1908, purchased the Island. In 1958, the United States government took possession of the Island through condemnation proceedings, but the Club has retained use of the Island through an agreement with the government.
  • None.


(1) Photograph albums, circa 1901-1961; (2) registers, 1901-1966; (3) ARCHIVES, 1900-1960s; (4) bird notes; (5) Treasurer's reports, circa 1900-1966; (6) catalog of Coleoptera; (7) catalog of Diptera, vertebrates, and plants; (8) notes of Herbert Spencer Barber

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1900
  • 1900-1966
  • circa 1900-1966

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  • Animals
  • Records of meetings, organizations, and professional societies
  • Entomology
  • Natural History
  • Birds
  • Meteorology
  • Natural history
  • Ornithology



Local number

SIA RU102005

Physical description

3.6 linear meters

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