Xerox copies of original journals with b/w photographs mounted on several of the pages.
Daily observations and specimen notes from Bryan's 10 month-stint with the Whitney South Sea expedition on behalf of the Bishop Museum in 1924. Bryan's notes mention various islands visited, including the Cook Islands, American Samoa and Fiji. His foreword states that this typescript contains some spelling errors due to typist unfamiliarity with proper scientific and geographic nomenclature.
Edwin H. Bryan was an American naturalist who was affiliated with the Bishop Museum for most of his life. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, has a central focus on the Hawaiian and surrounding Pacific Island cultures. AMNH had agreed not to collect any bird specimens from Hawaii during the Whitney South Sea expedition, and instead exchanged specimens with the Bishop Museum. Bryan joined the Whitney expedition in 1924 for 10 months as a representative of the Bishop. He was informed to not focus on collecting birds but rather on plant, insect and anthropological specimens. Bryan kept meticulous diaries during the over fifty expedition island visits. His original journals are housed in the Bishop Museum archives
Part of AMNH Ornithology Archives
Cataloged through a 2015 Leon Levy Foundation Archives grant