Inventory to the Paul Elias field notes

Finding aid prepared by Kira L. Dodd
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley
mvzarchives@berkeley.edu
2012 November 19


Descriptive Summary

Title: Paul Elias field notes
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0048
Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 Volumes
Date (inclusive): 1974-1977
Abstract: This guide describes the Paul Elias field note volumes bound at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Creator: Elias, Paul

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Processed by: Kira Dodd, November 2012
Encoded by: Christina V. Fidler, December 2012

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Paul Elias field notes, MVZA.MSS.0048, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.

Biographical note

In 1974, as an undergraduate working at the University of California’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Paul Elias traveled to Finca Chiblac in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes of Guatemala. While there, he discovered two new genera of salamander, later named Nyctanolis pernix and Bradytriton silus. Elias would continue on to receive a Master of Arts degree in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 with his thesis, "The Salamanders of Northwestern Guatemala." He then earned a second Master of Arts degree in biology from Harvard University in 1982.
Sources Consulted:
Rhodin, Anders G.J. and Kenneth Miyata, eds. Advances in Herpetology and Evolutionary Biology: Essays in Honor of Ernest E. Williams. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology,1983. Biodiversity Heritage Library PDF.
Papenfuss, Theodore J, Carlos Vásquez-Almazán, and Sean M. Rovito. “Rediscovery of the Endangered and Critically Endangered endemic Guatemalan salamanders.” Froglog 93 (2010): 1-4. http://www.amphibians.org/resources/publications/froglog/.

Scope and Contents note

The Paul Elias field note collection consists of two bound volumes. The first volume contains the journal of a 1974 trip to Guatemala and retains its original binding. The second volume contains catalogues and journal entries from Guatemala and Mexico between 1975 and 1977, originally maintained by the author in three-ring field note binders and later bound per Museum of Vertebrate Zoology standards.

Arrangement note

The arrangement of the collection is listed chronologically and in its original form. The sections are bound in the order presented in this guide.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Central America, Guatemala
Field notes
Herpetology

Container List

Volume 1

Volume 1 1974

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Volumes
Volume 1

1974 field notes 1974

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Volumes

Scope and Contents note

Material bound in original journal. The specimen catalogue begins on page 224.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Baja Verapaz
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Huehuetenango
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Sacatepequez
Volume 2

Volume 2 v653 1975-1977

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Volumes
Volume 2, Section 1

Catalogue, #300-487, Guatemala v653_s1 1975

Language of Material: English

Scope and Contents note

Holotype of Bolitoglossa jacksoni listed on page 4.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Huehuetenango
Volume 2, Section 2

Journal, Guatemala v653_s2 1975

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Contains a description of the holotype of Bolitoglossa jacksoni ( MVZ specimen #134634 ) on pages 26-27. The second Bolitoglossa jacksoni collected, mentioned on pages 34-35, was brought back live to UC Berkeley but subsequently went missing ( corresponding MVZ observation ). Section also contains hand drawn maps.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Guatemala
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Huehuetenango
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento San Marcos
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Totonicapan
Volume 2, Section 3

Catalogue, #550-919, Guatemala and Mexico v653_s3 1977

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Items

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Alta Verapaz
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Baja Verapaz
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento El Quiche
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Huehuetenango
North America, Mexico, Chiapas
Volume 2, Section 4

Journal, To Guatemala v653_s4 1977

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents Note

Contains numerous hand-drawn maps and sketches.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Baja Verapaz
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento El Quiche
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Huehuetenango
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento San Marcos
Central America, Guatemala, Departamento Solola
North America, Mexico, Oaxaca