Finding Aid to the James R. Sams Field Notes, 1959 LA.1994.0414.002

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: 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

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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

File 1, Item 1

Field Notes 1959

Scope and Contents

Field notes taken from March 30th to April 19th, 1959, on collecting trip to Sonora, Mexico (21 pages).
File 1, Item 2

Bird list 1959

Scope and Contents

List of birds observed and collected from April 4th to April 12th, 1959, in vicinity of permanent camp established about 6 miles from Rancho Guirocoba, Sonora (8 pages).
File 1, Item 3

Specimen catalogue 1959

Scope and Contents

San Diego Society Serial Field Catalogue, listing 68 specimens (10 pages).