Wetmore and Perrygo in El Valle, Panama

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In El Valle, Cocle, Panama, on 31 March 1951, sixth Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore and taxidermist Watson M. Perrygo at his left are outside a building sitting at a table preparing bird specimens for study at the National Museum of Natural History. Wetmore traveled to Panama every year in the 1950s to conduct field work for his multi-volume work, "The Birds of Panama."


  • Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Taxidermist (USNM)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


From Alexander Wetmore photograph album in the Wetmore Papers. Photograph included in the transcript of the Watson M. Perrygo Oral History Interviews by Pamela M. Henson, November 13, 1976, in Smithsonian Institution Archives. SIA2008-2948 is the same digital image as 2004-11242.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Alexander Wetmore Papers, Box 178, Album: Panama 1951; Record Unit 9516, Box 2, Watson M. Perrygo Oral History Interviews

Contact information

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


March 31, 1951

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Secretaries
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Tropical Biology
  • Taxidermy
  • Animals
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Expeditions
  • Collection and preservation
  • Preparators
  • Ornithology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Birds--Collection and preservation


  • El Valle (Antón, Panama)
  • Cocle
  • Panama
  • El Valle


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

SIA2008-2948 or 2004-11242 or Wetmore #4548

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 4 1/2w x 4 1/4h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print Number of Images: 1;

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