Correia, José G., Mrs.

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1900 - 1987 December 16

Biographical or Historical Note

VIRGINIA GONCALVES CORREIA (née AGUIAR) was born in 1900 in Lajes, Terceira, in the Azores.

Virginia was a member of many scientific expeditions, always as an assistant to her husband Jose Goncalves Correia. In 1922 the Correias joined the WSSE. The AMNH Whitney South Sea Expedition was an ornithological expedition originated by Dr. Leonard C. Sanford and funded by Harry Payne Whitney, with the mission of systematically exploring Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia for previously undiscovered or little-known bird specimens. It was the largest ornithological expedition ever conceived. Active field research was conducted from 1920 to 1941. The Correias traveled with WSSE for four years, working through the Samoan, Fijian and Tongan Archipelagos. In the New Hebrides the Correias contracted malaria which contributed to them leaving the expedition.

Virginia acted as a field assistant to her husband while on WSSE. She would collect the hunted birds, gather eggs, make notes and skin birds aboard the ship. Jose Correia cited her as invaluable to his field research.

Virginia emigrated from the Azores to New Bedford, Massachusetts at a young age. She married Jose Correia in 1920. Together, they worked in the local cotton mill between enlistments in expeditions. Virginia Correia died on December 16, 1987 in New Bedford, MA at the age of 87.


    Correia, J.G.. “Correia’s Letters and Journal Jan 1923-Dec 1925.” Whitney Expedition, bound book N. Department of Ornithology, AMNH.
    Murphy, Robert Cushman. Oceanic Birds of South America. New York: American Museum of Natural History, c1936.
    Smith, Robin. Correia, Jose vertical file. AMNH Research Library.
    “Virginia Correia Obituary.” The Standard Times (New Bedford, MA), December 16, 1987.



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