Finding Aid to the Laurence M. Klauber Field Notes, 1923-1967 LA.1968.001
Finding Aid prepared by Marie Myers
San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
Title: Laurence M. Klauber Field Notes, 1923-1967
Creator: Klauber, Laurence Monroe, 1883-1968
Identifier/Call Number: LA.1968.001
Physical Description: 43 Volumes 18 cm (v.1); 23 cm (v.2-43)
Date (inclusive): 1923-1967
Abstract: The Laurence M. Klauber Field Notes, 1923-1967 collection consists of bound volumes of annual diaries detailing Klauber's herpetological collecting trips and research.
The collection consists of 43 personal diaries containing field notes that detail Klauber's collecting activities in the southwestern region of the United States and northern Mexico. Notes include information on daily activities, research associates, herpetological specimens, collecting localities.
Laurence Monroe Klauber was the foremost authority on rattlesnakes in the 20th century. Born on December 21, 1883 in San Diego, California, Klauber received his A.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1908. He married Grace Gould in 1910. He worked for the San Diego Gas and Electric Company from 1910 until his retirement as President and Chairman of the Board in 1953. He served as consulting curator of reptiles for the San Diego Zoo from 1923 and in 1956 published his comprehensive two-volume study Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind. He donated approximately 36,000 herpetological specimens to the San Diego Natural History Museum, including a rattlesnake collection of over 8,600 specimens. After his death, his extensive personal library and field notes were donated to the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library. Klauber died on May 8, 1968 in San Diego.
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[Identification of item], Laurence M. Klauber Field Notes, 1923-1967. San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library, San Diego, CA.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Shelf Klauber Library
Field notes 1923-1967
Laurence M. Klauber Field Notes, 1923-1967