Albert Spear Hitchcock Field Books
Albert Spear Hitchcock, botanist and expert on grasses, took many photographs while researching and collecting specimens for the Smithsonian in Asia, South America, and the southern United States between 1918 and 1924. This collection of photographs from two albums in the Smithsonian Institution Archives (Record Unit 229), demonstrates the diversity and unexpected materials found in field books. Hitchcock not only took photographs of specimens and colleagues, but while visiting these nations, he also documented skylines of bustling ports like Macau, landscapes and the lives of people in these communities.

We invite you to explore Hitchcock’s journey through a range of photographs including workmen pouring brine for making salt, incense sticks of bamboo, and the changing homes of native people in Peru as the railroad extended across the country.

To learn more about Albert Spear Hitchcock and his field books, visit “Collection Highlights” on the Field Book Project website.

For general information on field books and to learn more about this project, please visit the Field Book Project blog. The Field Notebook Project is a collaboration of the the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany and the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The project is funded by the Council of Library and Information Resources and includes several partners.

To learn more about archives and the Smithsonian's history, visit THE BIGGER PICTURE. To view more collections from the Smithsonian, visit the Collection Search Center.
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