Hastings Natural History Reservation collection


Descriptive Summary

Title: Hastings Natural History Reservation collection
Dates: 1928-2009
Collection Number: MVZA.MSS.0118
Creator/Collector: Davis, John William, 1917 - Linsdale, J.M. (Jean Myron), 1902-1969 University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Extent: 11 cubic feet
Repository: UC Berkeley. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Abstract: The Hastings Natural History Rerservation collection include species accounts, occurrence data, and other field note materials. Materials date from the reservation's inception in 1928 through 2009.
Language of Material: English


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Hastings Natural History Reservation collection. UC Berkeley. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Biography/Administrative History

The Hastings Natural History Reservation is located in Monterey County, California and serves as a Biological Field Station of the University of California, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) and Natural Reserve System. In 1937, Russell and Frances Hastings worked with Joseph Grinnell, the Director of the MVZ to develop a plan for the Hastings Ranch to be managed by the University of California. The main tenants of the plan were: “1. To preserve an area in California’s coastal region where native plants and animals may live undisturbed by human use of the land. 2. To provide for continuous study of vertebrate animals, especially their numbers and relationships to their surroundings, as these relationships change in the annual cycle and from year to year” After University of California President Sproul accepted the Hastings offer, MVZ fieldwork ensued. The full property was official transferred in 1963 upon the death of Frances Hastings. Stromberg, Mark R. “History of Hastings 1940's to 2003.” Hastings Natural History Reservation. Web. 20 Dec. 2012. <http://www.hastingsreserve.org/HistoryWebHNHR/HNHR1940_2003.html>

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hastings Natural History Reservation collection documents the collecting activities and field studies conducted at the Hastings Natural History Reservation by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology personnel. Field note material includes species observations and extensive occurrence data.

Indexing Terms

Biological specimens--Collection and preservation.
Biological specimens--Identification
Biology Fieldwork
Hastings Natural History Reservation (Calif.)
Field notes