Watson M. Perrygo

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Watson M. Perrygo (1906-1984), a field collector, taxidermist, and exhibits specialist for the United States National Museum (USNM), sits on a box holding in his hands dead birds which are part of his day's bag. He is on a field trip to El Brazo, Jaque, Darien, Panama. Perrygo accompanied Alexander Wetmore, sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Panama to collect birds, 1946-1953, for Wetmore's four volume work, The Birds of Panama.


  • Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-


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Photograph included in the transcript of the Watson M. Perrygo Oral History Interviews by Pamela M. Henson, October 30, 1978, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9516, Box 1, Watson M. Perrygo Oral History Interviews

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Taxidermy
  • Animals
  • Taxidermists
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Specimens
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Expeditions
  • Collection and preservation
  • School field trips
  • Ornithology
  • Field trips
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Birds--Collection and preservation


  • Jaque (Darien, Panama)
  • Panama
  • Darien (Panama : Province)
  • El Brazo, Jaque (Darien, Panama)
  • Darien
  • El Brazo
  • Jaque


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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