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T. Donald Carter field books

Identifier: Mss .C376

Scope and Contents

The collection includes diaries and field notebooks from the 1927-1928 Day Roraima Expedition, the 1931-1932 Legendre Indochina Expedition, and the 1934 Sage West China Expedition, as well as material on the 1946-1947 Rutherford African Expedition. There are also diaries labeled by location and year(s): Costa Rica 1914; Abyssinia 1927-1929; Africa 1938; East Africa 1958; and Ungava, Québec 1953; and some yearly diaries. Carter participated in 27 expeditions in North and South America, Africa, China and Indochina, and collected over 10,000 specimens, mostly mammals and birds, with some reptiles, contributing significantly to the contents of the AMNH exhibit halls for Asia, Africa and North America.


  • 1910-1972



Please contact Special Collections; materials are sometimes restricted.


3 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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Related Material

AMNH Library Special Collections has Carter’s papers and correspondence, photographic prints in the Photograph Collection, one box of Carter's lantern slides in the Lantern Slide collection; also Carter's lantern slide projector and one box of objects dating from his time in the U.S. Army in the Memorabilia collection.

Carter’s papers, field photographs, including negatives, are located as separate archival collections in Special Collections.

Physical Description

The collection consists of field notebooks and bound volumes. The collection includes some fragile materials. Some of the notebooks have red rot.

T. Donald Carter field books, 1910-1972
Richard T. Fischer
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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, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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