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ALEXANDER WETMORE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/26/1969 - HFSID 273420

ALEXANDER WETMORE. TLS: "Alexander Wetmore" as Research Associate, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1969 August 26. On letterhead of the Smithsonian Institution to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona.

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ALEXANDER WETMORE. TLS: "Alexander Wetmore" as Research Associate, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1969 August 26. On letterhead of the Smithsonian Institution to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona. In full: "Your letter of July 2 came while I was away in Europe, which will account for my delay in answering. On my return I had to look a bit to find a photo that you might enjoy and I send it to you herewith, duly autographed as requested. Dr. Watson and I are studying the characters of two species of albatrosses in the National Museum collections. My journey in June and July took me to western Turkey, Greece and the island of Cyprus, a part of the world that I had never seen before, and most interesting. It was startling to see an occasional pair of camels loaded with cargo on the new highways used mainly by modern trucks! In closing, I thank you for your good wishes expressed in your letter, which I reciprocate. Sincerely yours". Enclosure not present. Dr. Watson was Wetmore's colleague and co-author, Dr. George Watson. Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978) served as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Director of the Museum of Natural History until 1945. He was then elected as the sixth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and, from 1951-1955, Wetmore was Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. Known as the "Dean of American Ornithology", Wetmore contributed over 26,000 skins of birds from the world over to the National Museum, and he was the foremost expert on the fossil record of Aves at the time of his death. Some 16 species and subspecies of birds are named in his honor, as well as four mammals, seven reptiles and amphibians, nine insects, five mollusks, a sponge and a cactus. A glacier and a canopy bridge in the Bayano River rainforest in Panama are also named after him. Lightly creased. Fine condition.

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