By Lesley Parilla, Field Book Project
This summer we decided to start highlighting some of the unexpected content we find in the field books, during cataloging, conservation, and digitization (If you missed our first entry, check out our conservation staffs’ finds from August).
The images below were found among photographs documenting field work completed on Kure Atoll for the Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program (POBSP), SIA RU 000245. This vast collection documents more than a decade of research focusing on pelagic birds. However, among the many photographs, letters, and journals, is a handful of images in an envelope marked “Seals, Kure Atoll, 1964” that show mother and pup Hawaiian Monk Seals.
Curious to learn more?
- History of POBSP: http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/2011/08/pobps.html
- POBSP on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/sets/72157627185361301/
- Field Book Records from POBSP: http://collections.si.edu/search/direct/L3NlYXJjaC9yZXN1bHRzLmh0bT9xPSJQYWNpZmljIG9jZWFuIGJpb2xvZ2ljYWwgc3VydmV5IHByb2dyYW0iICJGaWVsZCBCb29rIFJlZ2lzdHJ5IiZmcT1kYXRhX3NvdXJjZToiRmllbGQgQm9vayBSZWdpc3RyeSI= •
- Smithsonian Institution Archives RU 000245 finding aid: http://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_arc_216809