Edmund Heller diary
- October 9, 1917-January 12, 1918
- Heller, Edmund, 1875-1939 (Person)
Access Conditions and Restrictions
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Heller was sought out to participate in many expeditions in the following years. In 1909 he became associated with the Smithsonian Institution as he joined Theodore Roosevelt’s African Expedition. Roosevelt would credit Heller greatly, and include him as co-author of their Life Histories of African Game Animals. Heller was still associated with the Smithsonian when Paul J. Rainey selected him as naturalist for his 1911 African expedition, which would notably produce the first documentary film to come out of that continent. Rainey was a wealthy big-game hunter and explorer and a patron of many institutions, including the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian. In 1914 he accompanied Lincoln Ellsworth in Canada as part of the United States Biological Survey and in 1915 he acted as naturalist on a Peruvian expedition jointly sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Yale University. In 1916 he was secured by the American Museum of Natural History to act as naturalist and small mammal collector on Roy Chapman Andrews’ Asiatic Zoological Expedition in China’s Yunnan Province. That Expedition is sometimes referred to as part of the Central Asiatic Expeditions. Heller then accompanied Paul J. Rainey on the 1918 Rainey Asiatic Expedition to Siberia (This was also known as the Third Asiatic Zoological Expedition and is not to be confused with the Third Asiatic Expedition led by Andrews in 1921-1930). The following year Heller acted as leader of the Smithsonian’s Cape-to-Cairo Expedition, and later did additional studies in Yellowstone National Park.
He was hired by Wilfred H, Osgood as assistant curator of mammals at the Field Museum in 1921. He held the position for six years and during this time he did expeditionary work in Peru and Africa. After his resignation, he was the director of the Milwaukee Zoo from 1928 to 1935 and the Fleishhacker Zoo in San Francisco until his death in 1939. From 1918 to 1928 Heller was married to Hilda Hempl, a bacteriologist and fellow Stanford alumna who would accompany him on three of his expeditions. Heller was a well-respected collector for his quality and quantity of expeditions as well as specimens that have been contributed to institutions across the United States. His name was added to many mammal names as “helleri” in recognition of his contributions. He wrote extensively and was a member of such association as the American Association of Zoological Parks, the American Society of Mammalogists, and the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.
Source of Acquisition
- American Museum of Natural History
- Asiatic Zoölogical Expedition (1st : 1916-1917)
- Beijing (China)
- Chicago (Ill.)
- East Asia -- Description and travel
- Field Museum of Natural History
- Honolulu (Hawaii)
- Mammals -- Collection and preservation
- Manuscript Collection
- New York (N.Y.)
- San Francisco (Calif.)
- Scientific expeditions
- Seoul (Korea)
- Shanghai (China)
- Tokyo (Japan)
- Voyages and travels
- Yokohama-shi (Japan)
- Edmund Heller diary, October 9, 1917-January 12, 1918
- Kendra Meyer
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- The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Finding aid created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2012.
- Edition statement
- Information for this finding aid expanded on the original catalog record written by Ann Herendeen, 2000.