Field Book Project is pleased to highlight the latest Flickr set, documenting the field work of Isaac Ginsburg.
|On shore of Pedro Gonzales Island, Pearl Islands, Panama, 1 March 1935. Cayuca [sic], Hildbrand and two native helpers. Smithsonian Institution Archives. SIA RU 7187, Isaac Ginsburg Papers, circa 1911-1919, 1924-1958. Box 8, folder 18. SIA2016-002503.|
Isaac Ginsburg (1886-1975) was born in Lithuania and came to the United States as a boy. He studied ichthyology at Cornell University and after graduating, spent a short time as an aid in the Division of Fishes, United States National Museum, in 1917. In 1922, he received an appointment with the Bureau of Fisheries and worked there until his retirement in 1956.
Ginsburg's chief scientific interest was the marine fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Though at one time he intended to prepare a large work on the shore fishes of the Gulf, necessary revisionary work on those groups took up most of his time. In addition, he worked on the problem of species and their subdivisions. Other duties at the Bureau of Fisheries included handling of the correspondence concerning marine fishes and war work in connection with the coordination of fisheries in 1943-1944.
The selected images come from 1935, when he went to Panama for the Bureau of Fisheries, to study sites connected with the fishing industry. They show examples of wetlands and shoreline, facilities at Barro Colorado Laboratory (later to become the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute), locals and colleagues using cayucos in local waters, local vegetation, and places enroute.
To learn more about Isaac Ginsburg, check out his field books on Smithsonian's Collections Search Center, his personal papers at Smithsonian Institution Archives, and Biodiversity Heritage Library.
|Shark, Pearl Islands, Panama, 3 March 1935. Smithsonian Institution Archives, SIA RU 7187, Isaac Ginsburg Papers, circa 1911-1919, 1924-1958. Box 8, folder 18. SIA2013-08813.|