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Journal, L.J. Brass : 6th Archbold Expedition to New Guinea March 14 1959 to January 24, 1960

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Journal dating March 14, 1959 to January 24, 1960 and kept by Brass during the 6th Archbold Expedition to New Guinea. Time period includes his air travel from New York to Australia. Entries describe the food, amenities, sites, administrative details including shipments, and preparation for the expedition and return travel. Weather conditions are described, and camp elevations are noted. Most entries describe the collecting activities of Brass and his colleagues. Locations noted in the journal include Lae, Oomsis, Port Moresby, Pengagl Creek, Umi River, Kimi Creek, Purosa, Gono, Arau, Kassam, Kaindi, Piunde-Aunde, Gurakor, Water Rice, Kotuni, Goroka, Bulolo, Kainantu and Okapa

Leonard J. Brass (1900-1971) was an Australian botanist and Associate Curator of the Archbold Collections in the American Museum of Natural History Department of Mammalogy. He began his expeditionary work for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and was brought into the Archbold Expeditions by Richard Archbold in 1933 for the 1st of the New Guinea Expeditions. He would join all but the last of the New Guinea Expeditions, leading the 4th, 5th and 6th, as well as the expedition to Cape York. He participated in other American Museum of Natural History expeditions, and also maintained ties with the Arnold Arboretum. Brass was involved in a research directorial capacity at the Archbold Biological Research Station in Florida from its inception in 1941 and retired in 1966

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