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Inventory to the field notes of Harry S. Swarth at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of California, Berkeley MVZA.MSS.0251
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harry S. Swarth field notes
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0251
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1896-1930
    Abstract: The Harry S. Swarth field notes include field notes and a bound photocopy of a diary. These materials offer insight into the work done by Swarth between 1896-1930.
    Creator: Swarth, Harry S., 1878-1935

    Administrative Information

    Conditions governing access

    The collection is open for research.

    Conditions governing use

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Harry S. Swarth field notes, MVZA.MSS.0251, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical/historical note

    Harry S. Swarth (1878-1935) conducted significant research in the fields of ornithology and mammalogy. Gaining experience in fieldwork when he was just 17, Swarth’s first professional position was with the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago in 1904. In 1908, at Grinnell’s invitation, Swarth came to the MVZ, where he was Curator of Birds from 1910-1927, interrupted only by his 1913-1916 tenure as Assistant Director with the Museum of History, Science and Art in Los Angeles. From 1927 until his death in 1935, Swarth served as Curator in the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology with the California Academy of Sciences. Swarth pursued fieldwork throughout his life, undertaking most of this work in California, Arizona, the U.S. northwest coast, and the Galapagos Islands.
    Sources Consulted:
    Linsdale, Jean M. “Harry Schelwald Swarth with three illustrations.” The Condor, 38, 4 (1936): 155-168. Accessed July 22, 2013. "http://www.jstor.org/stable/1363599"
    Mailliard, Joseph. “In Memoriam: Harry Schelwald Swarth 1878-1935.” The Auk, 54, 2 (1937): 127-134. Accessed July 22, 2013. "http://www.jstor.org/stable/4078544"

    Scope and Contents note

    The Harry S. Swarth field notes include eight standard-bound volumes of field notes, including specimen and habitat sketches. The volumes cover the years 1908-1930, with localities in Alaska, Arizona, California, and Canada. A separate folder containing non-standard bound field notes features a photocopied transcription made by Swarth’s son, Christopher. The transcription is from a diary kept by Swarth that chronicles three months of a bird and egg collecting trip in Cochise County, Arizona during the year 1896.

    Arrangement note

    The collection has been arranged in one series, titled Field notes. Within Field notes, there are two subseries: MVZ standard binding and MVZ non-standard binding.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Biological specimens--Collection and preservation.
    Biological specimens--Identification
    Biology Fieldwork
    Field notes
    Scientific expeditions--Alaska
    Scientific expeditions--Arizona
    Scientific expeditions--California
    Scientific expeditions--Canada
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology