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Pittier, Henri F., correspondence, 1910-1914

Alternate Title:
Panama Canal Zone Biological Survey Project : Pittier, Henri F., correspondence, Dec 1910 - June 1911
Collection name:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Records, 1890-1929
Physical Description:
1 folder
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sublocation:
Box 43 Folder 9
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Panama
Canal Zone
Date Range:
1910-1914
Start Date:
1910
End Date:
1914
Topic:
Botany
Accession #:
SIA RU000045
Access Information:
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Abstract:
The correspondence documents Henri F. Pittier's botanical field work in the Panama Canal Zone. He began working for the Isthmian Survey and remained in Panama after it ended, collecting for the Smithsonian Institution. Much of the correspondence relates to expenses, payments, specimen shipments, staffing, and other logistics. Includes a letter from Pittier in which he describes the terrain and vegetation observed during fieldwork at El Boquete and valley of Caldera River. He details type of plants, their abundance relating to elevation, and route traveled during the trip.
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Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Records, 1890-1929
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Pittier, Henri, 1857-1950
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Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone (1910-1912)
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Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Records, 1890-1929

Extent:
2 folders
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record type:
Collection record
Place:
Panama
Canal Zone
Date Range:
1890-1929
Topic:
Plantae
Plants
Accession #:
SIA RU000045
Access Information:
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Description:
These records document the administration of the Smithsonian Institution during the tenure of Charles D. Walcott, its fourth Secretary, who served from 1907 to 1927. Cataloged items are from correspondence documenting the Panama Canal Zone Biological Survey Project. Planning for this project began in 1908 and attracted substantial interest from the scientific community and notable amateurs of science of the day. This and following folders document the planning and execution of the work, which was carried out with public and private funds. It was coordinated by the Smithsonian, with the help of the Bureau of Fisheries, Department of Commerce and Labor, and the Biological Survey and Divisions of Botany and Entomology, Department of Agriculture. It may be that the interest and data produced by this effort helped to lay the groundwork for the Institute for Research in Tropical America, the progenitor of the present-day Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (see record units 46, 50, 108, 134, 135).
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Pittier, Henri, 1857-1950
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Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone (1910-1912)
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Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Records, 1890-1929
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Pittier, Henri F., correspondence, 1910-1914 (2)

Alternate Title:
Panama Canal Zone Biological Survey Project : Pittier, Henri F., correspondence, Dec 1910 - June 1911
Collection name:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Records, 1890-1929
Physical Description:
1 folder
Physical Location:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sublocation:
Box 43 Folder 10
Record type:
Fieldbook record
Object Type:
Field notes
Place:
Panama
Canal Zone
Date Range:
1910-1914
Start Date:
1910
End Date:
1914
Topic:
Botany
Entomology
Accession #:
SIA RU000045
Access Information:
Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu.
Abstract:
The correspondence documents Henri F. Pittier's botanical field work in the Panama Canal Zone. He began working for the Isthmian Survey and remained in Panama after it ended, collecting for the Smithsonian Institution. Much of the correspondence relates to expenses, payments, specimen shipments, staffing, and other logistics. Letters also describe a combination of weather, routes with dates, observed vegetation (types and abundance), notes on wood samples collected, types of documentation used (including film), entomology, as well as notes on the history and observations of the local populations. One letter in particular has extensive narratives relating observations along coastline and inaccuracies found in maps used by Pittier. In some cases he lists incorrect location names with the correct name.
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Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Records, 1890-1929
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Pittier, Henri, 1857-1950
See more records associated with this expedition:
Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone (1910-1912)
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Field Book Registry
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