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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
    Title: Sams (James R.) Field Notes
    Identifier/Call Number: LA.1994.0414.002
    Physical Description: 42 Leaves; 1 envelope
    Date (inclusive): 30 March 1959 - 19 April 1959
    Abstract: The collection consists of field notes, a bird list, and a specimen catalogue related to a collecting trip near Rancho Guirocoba, Sonora, Mexico in 1959.
    Container: Vertical File

    Scope and Contents

    The James R. Sams Field Notes, 1959 include diary entries for a collecting trip to Sonora, Mexico (March 30-April 19, 1959), a bird list and a serial field catalogue.

    Biographical / Historical

    James R. Sams was an amateur naturalist and staff member of the San Diego Natural History Museum in the 1950s. Born on September 2, 1929 in San Diego, Sams was a member of "The Specialists" club, a group of young naturalists mentored by entomologist Charles F. Harbison. He attended San Diego State University and conducted nature walks with the Museum before joining the Education Department in 1951. He became the Museum's Director of Public Relations in 1958 and subsequently worked in public relations for an environmental organization and the publication Oceans. In the 1960s, he hosted a local public service program, "Science and You," on local television station KOGO-TV.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the Research Library Director, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright may be reserved. Consult the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Director for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James R. Sams Field Notes, 1959. Research Library, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Field notes
    Ornithology -- Mexico
    Birds -- Collection and preservation