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New York Zoological Society. Department of Tropical Research. Oceanographic expeditions. Zaca records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1005G
The New York Zoological Society's Department of Tropical Research, led by William Beebe, used the diesel schooner Zaca for two expeditions, the first in 1936 in the Gulf of California, and the second in 1937-1938 in the Eastern Pacific. These records include station data, dredging and net haul records, vertebrate catalogs, miscellaneous correspondence, and data on invertebrates, fishes, and fish stomach examinations.

Dates

  • 1936-1938

Creator

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Extent

1.2 linear feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

Overview

The New York Zoological Society's Department of Tropical Research, led by William Beebe, used the diesel schooner Zaca for two expeditions, the first in 1936 in the Gulf of California, and the second in 1937-1938 in the Eastern Pacific. These records include station data, dredging and net haul records, vertebrate catalogs, miscellaneous correspondence, and data on invertebrates, fishes, and fish stomach examinations.

Historical Note

The diesel schooner Zaca, owned by Templeton Crocker, was placed at the disposal of the Department of Tropical Research for two expeditions. From 25 March through 25 May 1936, the Department was engaged in the Templeton Crocker Expedition; the trip consisted of observations, deep sea trawling, and dredging operations on the Pacific Coast of Lower California from San Diego to Clarion Island and Cape San Lucas, and in the Gulf of California. The second trip, the Eastern Pacific Zaca Expedition between 6 November 1937 and 5 April 1938, employed identical oceanographic techniques for exploring the faunal area from Guadalupe, San Benito, and Cedros Island on the west coast of Lower California south through the western bays of Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia. The scientific staff for both expeditions included William Beebe, John Tee-Van, and Jocelyn Crane.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:
Series 1
Templeton Crocker Expedition, 1936
Series 2
Eastern Pacific Zaca Expedition, 1937-1938

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 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 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 oceanographic expeditions aboard the vessel Zaca, 1936-1938
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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