Scope and contents note
Title: Chester C. Lamb papers
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0166
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material:
Date (inclusive): 1925-1955
The Chester C. Lamb papers consist of field notes and correspondence. The field notes span the years 1925-1932, during which
Lamb took on the roles of field assistant and Assistant Curator of Mammals at the MVZ. The correspondence dates from 1931-1955,
during which he spent a significant amount of time collecting in Mexico for Dr. Robert T. Moore, an independent ornithologist.
Lamb, Chester Converse, 1883-
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[Identification of item], Chester C. Lamb papers, MVZA.MSS.0166, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California,
Born in 1883, Chester C. Lamb’s tenure with the MVZ lasted from 1925-1932, during which he served as a field assistant and
Assistant Curator of Mammals. While with the MVZ, Lamb collected birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The majority of
his fieldwork occurred in the Western U.S. and Lower California, where his Spanish language skills served him well. Having
completed his work with the MVZ, Lamb collected and prepared over 40,000 specimens from 1933-1955 while in Mexico. Dr. Robert
T. Moore, a businessman and independent ornithologist, funded Lamb’s work. The specimens that Lamb collected eventually became
part of Occidental College’s Moore Laboratory of Zoology, which opened in 1952.
Chester C. Lamb papers, MVZA.MSS.0166, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.
Scope and contents note
The Chester C. Lamb papers include fourteen standard-bound volumes of field notes with map sketches. These volumes cover the
years 1925-1932 and feature localities in Arizona, California, Mexico, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. The 1925-1932
dates coincide with Lamb's time at the MVZ, where he served as a field assistant and Assistant Curator of Mammals. Also included
in this collection are two folders of correspondence spanning the years 1931-1955, which cover both his MVZ tenure and his
years in Mexico collecting specimens that eventually became part of Occidental College's Moore Laboratory of Zoology.
The collection has been arranged in the following series: Field notes and Correspondence. There are no subseries.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Biological specimens--Collection and preservation.
Scientific expeditions--New Mexico
University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology