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New York Zoological Society. Department of Tropical Research. Terrestrial expeditions. Simla Station, Trinidad records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1005D
This collection consists of handwritten and typed notes and field observations, primarily by William Beebe, during the New York Zoological Society's Department of Tropical Research studies at Simla Station, Trinidad, between 1949 and 1961. The documentation of specimens and the disposition of specimens is a major topic; study materials and meteorological records are also included.

Dates

  • 1949 - 1961

Creator

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Extent

0.8 linear feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

Overview

This collection consists of handwritten and typed notes and field observations, primarily by William Beebe, during the New York Zoological Society's Department of Tropical Research studies at Simla Station, Trinidad, between 1949 and 1961.

Historical Note

In 1950 William Beebe, Director of the New York Zoological Society's Department of Tropical Research donated a field station named Simla, in the Arima Valley of Trinidad, to NYZS. Beebe had purcahsed the property in 1949 and named it after Simla in India, which he had visited in 1910. After Beebeā€™s death in 1962, the Simla Station was renamed the William Beebe Tropical Research Station by the NYZS Board of Trustees. From 1965 through 1971, Simla Station was administered through the Institute for Research in Animal Behavior (a collaborative effort between NYZS and Rockefeller University). In 1974, the property was donated to the Asa Wright Nature Center.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series:
Series 1
Meteorological records, circa 1951-1961
Series 2
Notes on Trinidad insects, vertebrates, and birds, 1949-1958, arranged in three subseries:
(2A) Insecta
(2B) Vertebrates (except birds)
(2C) Birds

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 1005C. Department of Tropical Research Rancho Grande, Venezuela records, 1945-1949.

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.

Items Separated

F. W. Ulrich, Trinidad fauna. (Folder separated to Collection 1005K.)

Trinidad: Photographed map of Arima. (Folder separated to Collection 1005K.)
Title
Guide to the Records of the New York Zoological Society Department of Tropical Research Simla Station, Trinidad Expeditions, 1949-1961 1005D
Status
Published
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Revision Statements

  • July 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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