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Roosevelts and The Field.
Over the past week many people have asked if the Field Museum has any connection to Teddy Roosevelt and the animals he collected.
Sadly we don’t have any of his specimens here, but in looking through some of our digitized Bulletins we came across a great story of how his two sons, Theodore Jr and Kermit, along with Charles Suydam Cutting (see image above), led an expedition in China to collect specimens.
"One of the most productive expeditions in the Museum’s History, the Kelley Roosevelts venture acquired a great varied collection of the vertebrate fauna of a little known part of the world. The total number of zoological specimens credited to the expedition was 15,397, of which 1,479 were mammals, 5,194 birds, 453 reptiles, 438 freshwater fishes, and 7,833 insects. In addition there were 2,400 sheets of plants."
You can see some of these collected specimens on display today in the Asian Hall of Mammals.
The Field Museum Library has been in the process of digitizing many of its own publications such as Fieldiana, and the Field Museum Bulletins and putting them on the BHL.