Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Letter of the Day: September 29

[There were so many bird collectors in the Army that there’s a book about them – Ornithologists of the United States Army Medical Corps by Hume]


Madisonville, Hamilton Co. Ohio

Sept. 29th 1879


Dear Sir


I send you today, per Express (M+C. care of Adams) as directed, a box containing the following species of birds in the flesh, for the Army Medical Museum; (for skeletons).



Deudioeca castanea

Deudoieca blackburniae

Turdus swainsoni

Pyranga aestiva

Passerella iliaca

Aegialitis vociferous


Hoping that they may reach you in good order, I have the honor to be

Very respectfully yours

Frank W. Langdon


C.H. Crane

Asst. Surgeon General, U.S.A.



Received at A.M.M. Oct. 2, 1879, + turned over to Dr. Woodward, in charge of the Sec. of Comparative Anatomy.  Copy of this letter furnished Dr. Schafhirt Oct. 7 1879, by order of Mr. Myers.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Letter of the Day: June 17 - Wheeler survey

United States Engineer Office,
Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian,
P.O. Lock Box 93.
Washington, D.C., June 17, 1874

Bvt. Lt. Col. Geo. A. Otis
Curator Army med. Museum,


By direction of Lieut. G.M. Wheeler in charge of the Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys west of the 100th Meridian I have the honor to forward as a donation to the Army Medical Museum the following specimens:

1 Skeleton of wild Turkey Meliagris var mexicanus No x 4
1 Pathological specimen fract. of leg of M.M.
1 skull monkey macacus cynomolgus from Dr. Yarrow
1 Bottle containing 15 bird crania presented by Dr. yarrow
1 Cranium Picus Columbianus No 892
1 Skeleton Massena’s quail Cyrtonyx Massena No 996
1 Skull of Gray Rabbit Lepus sylvaticus
3 Skulls Navajo Indians {1085, 1086, 11087 [Anatomical Section]
1 Skull Apache ? Indian {1088 [Anatomical Section]
1 Skull of Black Bear Ursus americanus no. R.O. 82
1 Skull of Black Bear Ursus americanus young
1 Sternum of Swainson’s hawk Buteo swainsoni No. 877
1 Sternum Prairie Falcon Falco polyagous No. 64
1 Sternum American Avocet Recurvirostra Americana No 39,
1 Sternum Red Breasted Teal Anas cyanoptera No. 417

It is hoped that these specimens may prove of some little value to the museum under your charge. Please acknowledge the receipt of the specimens.

Very respectfully Your obdt Servnt.
H.C. Yarrow
Surgeon, Nat. Expd.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Letter of the Day: April 18 - Birds?

Mearns House,
Highland Falls, N.Y.

Office of Edgar A. Mearns, M.D.
Wednesday, April 18th, 1883


I am desirous of learning something of the character of Army Medical Museum, at Washington, D.C.

I am about to enter the service as Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army; and, as I have several thousands of bird-skins, birds’ eggs, reptiles, batrachians, fishes, mammals, a botanical collection, etc. in my collection, which I have gotten together with great expense and labor, I think some of making a donation to the Museum, but would like, first, to learn something of the Museum, its objects, the kind of objects which it desires, and the disposal made of them.

I have, also, a small series of Botanical specimens representing the plants useful in medicine and which have toxic effects, belonging to the Flora of this region.

Please inform me, and greatly oblige.
Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant
Edgar A. Mearns

To the Curator of the Army Medical Museum,
Washington, D.C.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Avian autopsy, or, a Ready-Made Meal

I found this tasty thing on the NLM website. The caption says something along the line of "Do you want to have dinner with us, Mother Piton?"