This series provides extensive photographic documentation of all aspects of Wetmore's professional career. Included are voluminous photographs taken by Wetmore
on field trips and scientific expeditions; photographs documenting his attendance at scientific meetings, official functions, and social gatherings; photographs from his boyhood
in North Freedom, Wisconsin; photographs of events in which he participated during his Smithsonian career; portraits of Wetmore; photographs of Wetmore with family, friends,
and colleagues; and photographs of professional colleagues collected by Wetmore.
Many of the photographs are found in albums maintained by Wetmore from 1901 to 1969. The albums are organized in two categories - "field work and travel" and "miscellaneous."
Albums in the first category contain photographs of Wetmore in the field, expedition colleagues, field operations, and native people, fauna, flora, and physiography of regions
visited. Also included are photographs taken by Wetmore at meetings of the International Ornithological Congress in Europe. The "miscellaneous" albums are more personal in
nature, but also depict field work and travel, especially to attend meetings of the American Ornithologists' Union. They also provide many photographs of annual outings of
the Washington Biologists' Field Club.
Other photographic media represented in the series include lantern slides, 35mm color slides, motion pictures (including a National Geographic Society film on Barro Colorado
Island), and negatives.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978, Alexander Wetmore Papers