Alexander Wetmore in Costa Rica

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Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978), ornithologist and sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian (1944-1952), sits on his horse, La Perla, as he is en route to Hacienda Santa Maria, Costa Rica. Wetmore visited Costa Rica to collect bird specimens for the United States National Museum and to examine the biological laboratory on Barro Colorado Island in the Panama Canal and an archeological site in Guatemala.


  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • La Perla
  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • United States National Museum


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 174, Album 2

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  • Scientific expeditions
  • Secretariats
  • Animals
  • Secretaries
  • Horses
  • Birds
  • School field trips
  • Ornithologists
  • Costa Rica
  • Field trips


Costa Rica


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SA 7006-921

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Color: Black and White; Size: 4w x 3h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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