Marion Stirling with an Iguana, Veracruz, Mexico

ID: 2004-11240 or 623

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1939

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 7006 Box 174 album 1

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Marion Stirling, dressed in field clothes, holds an iguana by its tail at Boca San Miguel, Veracruz, Mexico,15 April 1939. Mrs. Stirling was the wife of Matthew Stirling, Director of the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution. She played an important role on many expeditions, as companion and collaborator to her husband. In Veracruz, Mexico, they conducted anthropological field work.


  • Stirling, Matthew Williams 1896-1975
  • Stirling, Marion I
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology


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Alexander Wetmore collected bird specimens for the USNM in Mexico, 1939. He briefly joined Stirling in Veracruz, where the Stirlings were doing anthropological field work.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 7006 Box 174 album 1

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  • Women
  • Archaeology
  • Veracruz, Mexico
  • Animals
  • Boca San Miguel
  • Anthropology
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Field Work
  • History
  • Iguanas
  • Women--History




  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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2004-11240 or 623

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Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White; Size: 3 x 4; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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