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New York Zoological Society. Department of Tropical Research. Terrestrial expeditions. Rancho Grande, Venezuela records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1005C
This collection is composed of records created during the Department of Tropical Research's expeditions to Venezuela between 1945 and 1948. It contains notes, chapter outlines, drafts, and study material for High Jungle (Duell, Sloan, and Pierce, 1949) by William Beebe. Also present are data, notes, and lists on ecology, and observations of Lepidoptera, other insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, especially bats. Correspondents include E. R. Dunn, James A. Oliver, W. H. Phelps, and George R. P. Tate. Specimens are the primary subject of the correspondence.

Dates

  • 1945 - 1949

Creator

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Extent

1.2 linear feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

Overview

Rancho Grande, a high altitude field station overlooking Lake Valencia in Venezuela, was the site of three Department of Tropical Research expeditions between 1945 and 1948. The major expenses of the laboratory, living quarters, and trips were underwritten by the Creole Petroleum Corporation. The regular research staff consisted of Director William Beebe, research zoologist Jocelyn Crane, and entomologist Henry Fleming. This collection contains notes, chapter outlines, drafts, and study material for High jungle (Duell, Sloan, and Pierce, 1949) by William Beebe. Also present are data, notes, and lists on ecology, and observations of Lepidoptera, other insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, especially bats. Finally, the collection includes some correspondence, of which specimens are the primary subject.

Historical Note

Rancho Grande, a high altitude field station overlooking Lake Valencia in Venezuela, was the site of three Department of Tropical Research expeditions between 1945 and 1948. The major expenses of the laboratory, living quarters, and trips were underwritten by the Creole Petroleum Corporation. The regular research staff consisted of Director William Beebe, research zoologist Jocelyn Crane, and entomologist Henry Fleming.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:
Series 1
Records related to High Jungle, circa 1942-1946
Series 2
Rancho Grande field notes and related correspondence, circa 1945-1948, arranged by taxonomy into 5 subseries:
(2A) Insecta
(2B) Insect ecology
(2C) Reptiles and amphibians
(2D) Birds
(2E) Mammals

Acquisition Information

Internal transfer.

Related Collections

Collection 1005A. Department of Tropical Research general records, 1900-1971.

Collection 1005B. Department of Tropical Research British Guiana and Venezuela records, 1916-1924.

Collection 1005D. Department of Tropical Research Simla Station, Trinidad records, 1949-1961.

Collection 1005E. Department of Tropical Research oceanographic expeditions general records, 1923-1957.

Collection 1005F. Department of Tropical Research Noma and Arcturus records, 1923-1925.

Collection 1005G. Department of Tropical Research Zaca records, 1936-1938.

Collection 1005H. Department of Tropical Research Antares and Hardi Biaou records, 1932-1936.

Collection 1005I. Department of Tropical Research eastern Pacific expedition records, 1933-1947.

Collection 1005J. Department of Tropical Research Bermuda oceanographic expedition records, 1929-1949.

Collection 1006. Gloria Hollister papers, 1925-1988.

Collection 1016. Department of Tropical Research additional records, 1900-1971.

Collection 1017. William Beebe and John Tee-Van records, 1909-1947.
Title
Guide to the Records of the New York Zoological Society Department of Tropical Research Rancho Grande, Venezuela Expeditions, 1945-1949 1005C
Status
Published
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Revision Statements

  • June 2012: Finding aid revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Nicholas Kennedy.
  • January 2018: Finding aid revised and entered into ArchivesSpace by Sana Masood.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

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