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Accession 05-254

Carriker, Melbourne Armstrong, 1879-1965

Melbourne Armstrong Carriker Papers, circa 1900-1969, 2000

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Carriker, Melbourne Armstrong, 1879-1965
Title: Melbourne Armstrong Carriker Papers
Dates: circa 1900-1969, 2000
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 05-254
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records documenting the travels and family of Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, ornithlogist and entomologist specializing in bird lice. His association with the Smithsonian Institution began in 1940, when he collected birds in Vera Cruz, Mexico, for the United States National Museum (USNM). From 1941 to 1952, Carriker conducted collecting expeditions to Colombia for the USNM. From 1953 until his death, Carriker held the honorary post of Collaborator in the Department of Entomology of the National Museum of Natural History. Carriker's travels documented in this accession include expeditions and collecting trips to Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica as well as family vacations throughout the United States. Materials primarily include photographs and negatives, but also include narratives, diaries, and other writings; clippings; correspondence; and maps. Some materials were created about Carriker shortly after his death. Also included in these records is a book written by his son, Melbourne Romaine Carriker, about the Carriker family in 2000, titled "Vista Nieve: The Remarkable True Adventures of an Early Twentieth Century Naturalist and His Family in Columbia, South America." The book was written using the materials in this accession.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records documenting the travels and family of Melbourne Armstrong Carriker, ornithologist and entomologist specializing in bird lice. His association with the Smithsonian Institution began in 1940, when he collected birds in Vera Cruz, Mexico, for the United States National Museum (USNM). From 1941 to 1952, Carriker conducted collecting expeditions to Colombia for the USNM. From 1953 until his death, Carriker held the honorary post of Collaborator in the Department of Entomology of the National Museum of Natural History.

Carriker's travels documented in this accession include expeditions and collecting trips to Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica as well as family vacations throughout the United States. Materials primarily include photographs and negatives, but also include narratives, diaries, and other writings; clippings; correspondence; and maps. Some materials were created about Carriker shortly after his death. Also included in these records is a book written by his son, Melbourne Romaine Carriker, about the Carriker family in 2000, titled Vista Nieve: The Remarkable True Adventures of an Early Twentieth Century Naturalist and His Family in Columbia, South America. The book was written using the materials in this accession.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-254, Melbourne Armstrong Carriker Papers

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Container List

Box 1

M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-1, New York to Pampa de los Arrieros

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-2, Neptune Party; W. H. Misti; Pampa de Arrieros; La Paz

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-4, Santa Ana - Idunay (?)

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-5, Teoponte - Chiniri

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-6, Down Rio Kaka - Sipiapo

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-7, Chiniri - Susi - Rio Beni

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-8, Susi and Chatarona - Rio Beni, Bolivia

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-9, Chatarona, near Reyes, Bolivia

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-10, Coming through the rapids, Rio Kaka, Bolivia

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1934-11, Calabata and Sandillani

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia 1934-1935: 1935-1, Hichuloma, La Cumbre, Irpavi

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M. A. Carriker and Colombian Family

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Collecting trips - Unlabelled negatives

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Negatives printed from Computer - River Beni Bird Collection

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Negatives and prints brought from Bucaramanga after (M.A) Carriker's death

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-1, Altiplano, south

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-2, Altiplano, south

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-3, Altiplano, south

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-4, Altiplano, south

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-5, Altiplano, south

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-6, Rio Lepeo to Bemejo

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-7, Fortini Campero & return to La Merced

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-8, Entre Rios to Villamonte

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-9, Villamonte to Lagumillas

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M. A. Carriker Negatives - Bolivia, 1936: 1936-10, Rio Azero to Sucre

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Popayan house negatives

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Cincinnati, Las Flores, Santa Marta negatives

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Vista Nieve, Las Flores, Dad collecting in Venezuela negatives

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Vista Nieve negatives

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Popayan collection/Miscellaneous negatives

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House in Santa Marta negatives

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Camp Carmelita, on road from Cincinnati to Santa Marta & La Villa negatives

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Sioux Co. collecting trip, Merritt Cary (deceased) & self (Carriker) - Sioux Co., Nebraska 1900

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Miscellaneous from Cincinnati & Vista Nieve and Santa Marta, Colombia

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Peons & families, Vista Nieve negatives

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Cincinnati - San Lorenzo negatives

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New Popayan house negatives

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Popayan and Bouda negatives

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Felisa de Carreta negatives

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Beechwood and Tom's River

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Family Negatives

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House and family at Bucaramanga; Station at San Alberto

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Vista Nieve - Farm scenes and family

Box 1 of 2

Las Flores and Santa Marta

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Cincinnati

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House in Beechwood/Tom's River

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Images of children, January 1932

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Box 2

Carriker, Felisa (M. A. Carrikker, Jr.'s and his wife, a Columbian)

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Carriker, Meb., Book on Bolivia

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Peru Narrative

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1904 diary Costa Rica Expedition

Box 2 of 2

Popular writings, newspaper clippings, Colombian collecting sites

Box 2 of 2

Map: Magdalena, Colombia 1969 (Cieraga Grande)

Box 2 of 2

John Carriker (M. A. Carriker Jr.'s cousin)

Box 2 of 2

Clippings

Box 2 of 2

Carriker, M. A., 1938-1942

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Carriker, M. A., 1942-1955

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Carriker, M. A., 1956-1965

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Carriker, M. A., final arrangements, 1965-1966

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Carriker, M. A., (post death)

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Carriker, Meb. Biographic, letters (post & humus), professional

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"Vista Nieve" by M. R. Carriker (son)

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Miscellaneous visual media

Box 2 of 2