As the Academy’s archivist one of my primary responsibilities is to collect materials related to Academy history, the records of Academy departments, and the work of our scientists. We have approximately four hundred manuscript collections that contain materials like field notes, journals, diaries, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, film, and even some collecting equipment. By collecting the working papers of our scientists we preserve them for use by current and future researchers.
One of our recent accessions came from Betsey Cutler’s daughters. Betsey Cutler was a curatorial assistant in our Ornithology and Mammology department and her daughters brought in 35 mm slides, two notebooks of species accounts, several research folders, lab notes, card files, and field notes. Some of the donated items are research materials and notes from Betsey’s unpublished manuscript “The Syrinx of Darwin’s Finches”. According to Kathleen Berge from O&M, “Academy Research Associate Sylvia Hope is planning on adding recent related findings into the text and the literature”. Some of the materials from this acquisition will help Sylvia update Betsey’s manuscript.
Sharon Beals has been photographing some of the nests in our Ornithology and Mammalogy department. Here is a wonderful photo of a Marsh Wren nest that Betsey Cutler collected.
San Francisco, Lake Merced, 20 May 1962
North America, California, San Francisco County
California Academy of Sciences
Collector: Betsey Cutler
Here is another photo by Sharon Beals of a bank swallow nest that Bestey Cutler collected.
Bank Swallow Nest
nest collected from
Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
Collection of The California Academy of Sciences
North America, USA, California, San Francisco Co, San Francisco
Ocean Beach 06 June 1960
– Danielle Castronovo
Archives & Digital Collections Librarian