Field Books, 1888-1961

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This collection includes field journals and specimen catalogs from multiple collectors who worked for the Fish and Wildlife Services' Bird and Mammal Laboratories. Field books were created by an extensive number of individuals, collecting across the majority of the United States as well as parts of Mexico and Canada. Some of the work documented occurred before the creation of the Fish and Wildlife Service in its current form, and includes work completed under auspices of the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Biological Survey. The collection includes a large number of journals by Vernon Orlando Bailey, Albert Kenrick Fisher, Arthur Holmes Howell, and Edward William Nelson. Other collectors include: Harold Elmer Anthony, Arthur B. Baker, Charles H. M. Barrett, Robert H. Becker, Clarence Birdseye, Bernard Joseph Bretherton, Clement Samuel Brimley, A. S. Bunnell, Thomas Dearborn Burleigh, George G. Cantwell, Merritt Cary, Albert Ernest Colburn, George A. Coleman, Dane Coolidge, Ned Dearborn, Lee R. Dice, Gordon Donald, Basil Hicks Dutcher, Alfred Eastgate, Lincoln Ellsworth, John Farwell Ferry, R. T. Fisher, Walter Kenrick Fisher, Waldo E. Forbes, Ira Noel Gabrielson, James H. Gaut, Leonard Giovannoli, Edward Alphonso Goldman, Luther C. Goldman, Luther J. Goldman, Wallace Byron Grange, Morris M. Green, James Squier Gutsell, Eugene Raymond Hall, Charles O. Handley, Marcus Albert Hanna, G. Dallas Hanna, A. H. Hardisty, Francis Harper, Edmund Heller, A. Henry Higginson, Ned Hollister, Ernest Golsan Holt, Alfred Brazier Howell, Charles M. Hoy, Hartley H. T. Jackson, L. G. Jameson, Stanley Gordon Jewett, C. A. Keeler, A. Remington Kellogg, Fred W. Koch, Hamilton M. Laing, David Ernest Lantz, Luther Little, J. Ellis McLellan, Frank B. McMurry, Harry Malleis, William Hampton Marshall, Olaus Johan Murie, Harry Church Oberholser, Wilfred Hudson Osgood, Theodore Sherman Palmer, Morton Eaton Peck, James Lee Peters, Stanley E. Piper, Edward Alexander Preble, Charles Wallace Richmond, C. G. Rorebeck, Charles P. Rowley, Charles Sheldon, H. H. Sheldon, Frank Stephens, Donald H. Stevenson, Clark Perkins Streator, Daniel Denison Streeter, Mcclure Surber, Walter P. Taylor, Russell J. Thompson, Paul E. Trapier, Albert H. Trowbridge, J. H. Turner, Harold N. Vars, Charles D. Walcott, A. E. Weller, Alexander Wetmore, Henry V. Williams, and Luther Everet Wyman.


  • Bailey, Vernon 1864-1942
  • Nelson, Edward William 1855-1934
  • Baker, Arthur B
  • Barrett, Charles H. M
  • Becker, Robert H
  • Bretherton, Bernard Joseph
  • Bunnell, A. S
  • Cantwell, George G
  • Cary, Merritt 1880-1918
  • Colburn, Albert Ernest
  • Coleman, George A
  • Coolidge, Dane 1873-1940
  • Dice, Lee R
  • Donald, Gordon
  • Dutcher, Basil Hicks
  • Eastgate, Alfred
  • Ellsworth, Lincoln 1880-1951
  • Fisher, R. T
  • Forbes, Waldo E
  • Gaut, James H
  • Giovannoli, Leonard
  • Goldman, Edward Alphonso 1873-1946
  • Goldman, Luther C
  • Goldman, Luther J
  • Green, Morris M
  • Gutsell, James Squier 1887-
  • Hanna, G. Dallas 1887-1970
  • Hardisty, A. H
  • Harper, Francis 1886-1972
  • Heller, Edmund 1875-1939
  • Hoy, Charles M
  • Jameson, L. G
  • Keeler, C. A
  • Koch, Fred W
  • Lantz, David Ernest
  • Little, Luther
  • McLellan, J. Ellis
  • Marshall, William H (William Hampton)
  • Murie, Olaus Johan 1889-1963
  • Osgood, Wilfred Hudson 1875-1947
  • Preble, Edward Alexander 1871-1957
  • Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932
  • Rorebeck, C. G
  • Rowley, Charles P
  • Sheldon, Charles
  • Stephens, Frank
  • Stevenson, Donald H
  • Streator, Clark Perkins
  • Streeter, Daniel Denison
  • Surber, Mcclure
  • Thompson, Russell J
  • Trapier, Paul E
  • Trowbridge, Albert H
  • Turner, J. H
  • Vars, Harold N
  • Weller, A. E
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-1978
  • Williams, Henry V
  • Wyman, Luther Everet
  • Fisher, A. K (Albert Kenrick) 1856-1948
  • Howell, Arthur H (Arthur Holmes) 1872-1940
  • Burleigh, Thomas D (Thomas Dearborn) 1895-
  • Anthony, H. E (Harold Elmer) 1890-1970
  • Dearborn, Ned
  • Ferry, John Farwell -1910
  • Fisher, Walter K (Walter Kenrick) 1878-1953
  • Gabrielson, Ira Noel 1889-1977
  • Grange, Wallace B (Wallace Byron) 1905-1987
  • Hall, E. Raymond (Eugene Raymond) 1902-1986
  • Handley, Charles O (Charles Overton) 1924-2000
  • Hanna, Marcus A (Marcus Albert) 1898-1978
  • Higginson, A. Henry (Alexander Henry) 1876-1958
  • Hollister, N (Ned) 1876-1924
  • Holt, Ernest Golsan 1889-
  • Howell, A. Brazier (Alfred Brazier) 1886-1961
  • Jackson, Hartley H. T (Hartley Harrad Thompson) 1881-1976
  • Jewett, Stanley G (Stanley Gordon) 1885-
  • Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969
  • Laing, Hamilton M (Hamilton Mack) 1883-1982
  • McMurry, Frank B
  • Malleis, Harry
  • Oberholser, Harry C (Harry Church) 1870-1963
  • Palmer, T. S (Theodore Sherman) 1868-1955
  • Peck, Morton Eaton 1871-
  • Peters, James Lee 1889-1952
  • Piper, Stanley E (Stanley Edward)
  • Sheldon, H. H (Henry Hargrave) 1883-
  • Taylor, Walter P (Walter Penn) 1888-1972
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • United States Bureau of Biological Survey
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bird and Mammal Laboratories


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


  • 1888
  • 1888-1961


  • Animals
  • Mammals


  • Field notes
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA Acc. 12-443

Physical description

34.34 cu. ft. (34.34 non-standard size boxes)

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