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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note
  • Notes

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James F. Lynch field notes
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0002
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 9.0 Volumes
    Date: 1966-1984
    Abstract: The James F. Lynch field notes include catalogues, journals, and species accounts. These field notes detail the collecting activities of James F. Lynch from 1966-1984.
    Language of Materials: Materials are primarily in English
    Creator: Lynch, James F., 1942-

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James F. Lynch papers, MVZA.MSS.002, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.

    Biographical note

    James Francis Lynch was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1942. After graduating from Harvard College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in geology, he headed to the University of California at Berkeley to pursue a PhD in the same discipline. Two years later, however, Lynch decided to switch his degree focus to zoology, ultimately earning his PhD from Berkeley in 1974 with his dissertation, Ontogenetic and geographic variation in the morphology and ecology of the black salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus). Lynch was then hired in 1974 as the first staff scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies, now the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, in Maryland. Lynch continued to work for the Smithsonian as a researcher for the next 24 years, eventually producing over 60 scientific publications. His work included more than three decades of extensive conservation research in Central America and Mexico. After a long battle with cancer, Lynch passed away on March 26, 1998.
    Sources Consulted:
    “James F. Lynch: Conservation Biology Fund.” The Newsletter of the Herpetologists’ League 6, no. 1 (1999): 2. http://www.herpetologistsleague.org/dox/HL Communications - March 1999, Vol. 6 No.pdf.
    “A Simple Bequest.” Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. http://serc.si.edu/about/history.aspx.

    Scope and Contents note

    The James F. Lynch field note collection consists of nine bound volumes spanning the years 1966-1984. Originally maintained by the author in three-ring field note binders, the notes were later separated and bound chronologically. The notes include journals, catalogues, and species accounts from localities within the United States as well as abroad, including: Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panamá, Colombia, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and the West Indies. Some of the field notes contain hand drawings of specimens, map sketches, and photographs.

    Arrangement note

    The arrangement of the collection is chronological and in its original form. The sections are bound in the order presented in this guide.


    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Field notes
    Identification photographs
    Scientific expeditions--California
    Scientific expeditions--Colombia.
    Scientific illustrations (images)
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology