Alexander Wetmore Field Books, 1894-1975

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This collection contains 76 field books by Alexander Wetmore, originally maintained by the Division of Birds. These items document Wetmore's field work from 1911-1975 mostly with birds, but also with plants, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. The collection contains field journals, which detail personal daily activity, and observation and collection specifics of specimens; field catalogs, which contain numbered specimen lists of skins, stomachs, skeletons, and alcoholics, with accompanying notes; and field notes, organized by species and detailing observations by date and locality, with collection information where appropriate. Also present within the field journals are numerous additional official and related documents collected on Wetmore's field trips. Documents include such material as tickets, menus, programs, passports, and permits. A majority of this material details field work done in Panama but a number of other localities are also documented, such as the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Haiti, Zimbabwe, South Africa, England, the Netherlands Antilles, and the Wake Islands.


Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978


For a description of the record series of which these materials form a part, refer to the "Forms part of" above.



Repository Loc.

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


  • 1894
  • 1894-1975


  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Ornithology


  • Field notes
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA Acc. 12-331

Physical description

8.21 cu. ft. (8.21 non-standard size boxes)

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