A collection of material related to
naturalist Theodore Sherman Palmer, with special emphais on Death Valley, California, and
the Jayhawker Party.
Theodore Sherman Palmer (1868-1955) was an American naturalist and historian. Palmer was
born in Oakland, California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in
1888. He joined the U. S. Department of Agriculture as a field agent and ornithologist; he
led the first Death Valley expedition in 1891. In 1895, he received his M.D. from Georgetown
University and in 1896, he began work with the U. S. Department of Agriculture Biological
Survey; by 1928, he reached the level of Senior Biologist. After his retirement in 1933, he
became an assistant in zoology at the United States National Museum as a specialist in the
nomenclature of mammals and birds. He was a member of many organizations, was active on
governmental regulatory bodies for game laws, and wrote books and articles.
7 Linear Feet
(5 boxes, 1 oversize map)
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