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Edgar Alexander Mearns Field Books, 1892-1910

Creator:
Mearns, Edgar Alexander 1856-1916
Subject:
Mearns, Edgar Alexander 1856-1916
Archer, W. Andrew (William Andrew) 1894-
Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition (1909)
Field Book Project (Washington, D.C.)
Physical description:
0.78 cu. ft. (0.78 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Date:
1892
1892-1910
Topic:
Botany
Plants
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-097
Summary:
This accession includes field notes, clippings, correspondence, and maps from Edgar Alexander Mearns' field trips to Africa, including British East Africa, Mexico, and parts of the United States encompassing the years 1892-1910, and including the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition. Materials include descriptions of plant distribution at the stations, notes on lereus gigantens, and a list of associate collectors and notes by W. Andrew Archer, 1966
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Smithsonian African expedition under the direction of Col. Theodore Roosevelt (1909-1910), book 1, numbers 1-1858

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Kenya
Kirinyaga
Naivasha, Lake
Date Range:
1909-1910
Start Date:
1909
End Date:
1910
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
Access Information:
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Abstract:
These field notes were created as part of the ‘Smithsonian African Expedition, Under the Direction of Col. Theodore Roosevelt (1909-10).' This volume contains a list of initial identifications for specimens numbered 1 – 1858. Pasted throughout are typed notes documenting landmarks and geographic features (e.g., West Forest Kenia Station, Katheroni River) and altitudes. The geographic coverage spans what was then known as British East Africa, including frequent references to the West Kenya Forest Station and the "giant heath" zone. Also found in this volume is a typewritten page entitled ‘Documents on the plaque of Dr. E. A. Mearns on Plummer’s Island’ which cites documents from the Washington Biologists’ Field Club Archives (compiled by Dan H. Nicolson, 2000).
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Smithsonian African expedition under the direction of Col. Theodore Roosevelt (1909-1910), book 2, numbers 1859-3094

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Uganda
Changamwe
Victoria Nyanza
Albert Nyanza
Date Range:
1909-1910
Start Date:
19091017
End Date:
19100314
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
Access Information:
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Abstract:
These field notes were created as part of the ‘Smithsonian African Expedition, Under the Direction of Col. Theodore Roosevelt (1909-10)’. This volume is comprised largely of specimen lists and location information. The specimen list includes collection numbers 1859-3094. Location information is generally inserted on a daily to weekly basis and includes references to landmarks, geographic features, and altitude. The geographic coverage spans what was then known as British East Africa, Uganda, Congo Free State, and Sudan. Following the specimen lists, there are twelve numbered pages that include pasted-in itineraries, maps, and a caricature of Theodore Roosevelt that was taken from a newspaper. A map insert can be found in a back pocket of the volume.
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Mearns, E. A., field notes

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
Arizona
Montana
New Mexico
Texas
Mexico
Sonora
Baja California
Date Range:
1892-1895
Start Date:
1892
End Date:
1895
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
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Abstract:
The field notes are composed of several groupings of loose sheets that document botanical specimen collecting, 1892-1895. The specimen lists include specimen number (non sequential), name (binomial), common name, location (town, state, county, or geological landmarks), and notes sometimes describing state of growth, terrain, and other vegetation. Some notes are extensive. Sheets are headed with station number and location information. Locations are across United States including Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Texas; Mexico including Sonora and Lower California.
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Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany

Extent:
9 notebooks
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Collection record
Place:
Mexico
Arizona
New Mexico
Texas
Minnesota
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Wyoming
Montana
Kenya
Uganda
Egypt
Nairobi
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Algeria
Date Range:
1892-1910
Topic:
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
Access Information:
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Description:
Field notes, clippings, correspondence, and maps from Edgar Alexander Mearns' field trips to Africa, including British East Africa, Mexico, and parts of the United States encompassing the years 1892-1910. Includes description of plant distribution at the stations, and notes on lereus gigantens. Also includes list of associate collectors and notes by William A. Archer, 1966.
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Mexican boundary survey (1892-1893), vol. 1, numbers 229 - 2493

Alternate Title:
Edgar A. Mearns, Mexican Boundary Survey, Catalogue : 229 - 2493 (1892- 1893)
Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
El Paso
Cloverdale
Mexico
Sonora
Texas
Arizona
New Mexico
Date Range:
1892-1893
Start Date:
18920200
End Date:
18931002
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
Access Information:
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Abstract:
This field book documents specimens collected by Dr. Edgar A. Mearns during the Mexican Boundary Survey. Entries include collection numbers, initial identifications, dates collected, and geographic location data. Geographic coverage begins in El Paso, Texas and continues through New Mexico and Arizona. Geographic data ranges from general (e.g., Cloverdale, New Mexico) to specific (e.g., San Jose Mountains, Sonora, Mexico, altitude 8600, summit). Also included are three loose-leaf inserts with handwritten notes and one insert with typed notes, the provenance of which is not documented.
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Mexican boundary survey (1892-1893), vol. 2, numbers 2494 - 4085

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
New Mexico
Arizona
California
Mexico
Date Range:
1892-1894
Start Date:
18931002
End Date:
18940825
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
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Abstract:
This field book documents specimens collected by Dr. Edgar A. Mearns during the Mexican Boundary Survey. Entries include collection numbers, initial identifications, dates collected, and geographic location data. Geographic coverage begins in Animas Valley, New Mexico and continues through Arizona and California. Geographic data ranges from general (e.g., Nachoguero Valley, California) to more specific (e.g., Head of Barbacomori Creek, Arizona, altitude 5400). Also included are four loose-leaf inserts with handwritten notes, three of which appear to be lists of plants collected.
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E. A. Mearns field book, 1901-02

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
Massachusetts
Montana
Rhode Island
Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs
Date Range:
1901-1902
Start Date:
1901
End Date:
1902
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
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Abstract:
The bound volume documents the specimen collecting of Edgar Mearns, 1901 - 1902. Pages are numbered (1-288). Specimens lists document plants collected. Volume begins with a list of geological landmarks (e.g. mountains, basins, cliffs, lakes) and elevation. Plant list begins with a description of locations where collected. List includes number, name, date, location, and remarks. These have varying information such as elevation and state of growth. Locations include Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island, Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park and Mammoth Hot Springs).
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Mearns, E. A., 7

Alternate Title:
Notes on Trees and Shrubs, Mex. Boundary Line
Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
New Mexico
Mexico
Sonora
Huachuca Mountains
Date Range:
1892-1895
Start Date:
1892
End Date:
1895
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
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Abstract:
The field book includes notes on trees and shrubs relating to the Mexican Boundary line. The book is noted to be property of the International Boundary Commission. The volume begins with an index of notes listing type (binomial) and page number. Entries are headed with type, and include a narrative describing physical appearance, locations where found (geological landmarks and elevations), rarity / abundance, and information about related specimens (combination of type, number, collector). Locations are along the Mexican - U.S. border: San Jose mountains, Huachuca mountains, San Luis mountains, Sonora (Mexico), New Mexico (United States).
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Mexican boundary survey (1892-1893), N.S.

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Mexico
Sonora
United States
New Mexico
Arizona
Bisbee
Cochise
Huachuca Mountains
Rio Grande River
El Paso
Texas
Date Range:
1892-1894
Start Date:
18920529
End Date:
18940712
Topic:
Botany
Opuntia
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
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Abstract:
This field book is comprised of three sections documenting Mearns' botanical collecting along the Mexican Boundary during the years 1892 through 1894.|The first list covers collecting from May 3, 1892 to November 15, 1892. The list begins with numbers 1-226, which were compiled by W. A. Archer (1966) based on Mearns' Notes on Families and Species of the Mexican Boundary Survey and from herbarium specimens. Collection number 227 is blank and 228 - 655 are in Mearns' hand. Entries in this section include location and date, with some field identifications. Many entries are blank.|The second section contains more detailed notes on the flora of the "40 miles of desert, west of the Initial Monument (no. 1 new series) on the Rio Grande near El Paso." Collection dates for this section include October 28, 1893 to July 12, 1894. Collection numbers restart at 1 and continue to 470. Entries include binomials, location information, altitude, some plant descriptions, and occasional notes on abundance.|The third section includes a list of photographs taken of specimens during October 1893. The list includes photograph numbers 100 - 136. Entries generally include binomial, common name, location, and date.
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E. A. Mearns field book, 1902

Collection name:
Edgar Alexander Mearns field books, 1892-1910, from the Department of Botany
Physical Description:
1 field book
Physical Location:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Main Library
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
United States
District of Columbia
Montana
Texas
Virginia
Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs
Date Range:
1896-1902
Start Date:
1896
End Date:
1902
Topic:
Mammalogy
Ornithology
Herpetology
Ichthyology
Zoology
Crustaceans
Botany
Accession #:
SIA Acc. 11-097
Access Information:
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Abstract:
The bound volume documents the specimen collecting of Edgar Mearns, 1896 - 1902. Pages are numbered (1-288). The volume is organized by type of specimen collected. There is a table of contents with page numbers at the beginning of the volume. It lists: mammals, birds, reptiles, batrachians, fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, plants. Sections are not chronological order. Entries vary in content, including a combination of specimen number, name, locality (combination of town, state, landmark e.g. Arlington Cemetery, or mountain name) and sometimes elevation, sex, date, types of measurements, and remarks. Remarks include information about specimen preparation, additional measurements, collecting location, state of growth (plants), and stomach contents. Some specimens were prepared by Louis Mearns. There is a list of "birds noted in the neighborhoods" and notes on reptiles listing specimen number, name, specimen preparation, location, and name if given to someone. Localities include District of Columbia, Montana, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, including Yellowstone National Park and Mammoth Hot Springs. On page 81 is a narrative about letters from his family describing wildlife in their backyard during his absence during "Spanish War".
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