Harry S. Swarth (1878-1935) conducted significant research in the fields of ornithology and mammalogy. Gaining experience
in fieldwork when he was just 17, Swarth’s first professional position was with the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago in 1904.
In 1908, at Grinnell’s invitation, Swarth came to the MVZ, where he was Curator of Birds from 1910-1927, interrupted only
by his 1913-1916 tenure as Assistant Director with the Museum of History, Science and Art in Los Angeles. From 1927 until
his death in 1935, Swarth served as Curator in the Department of Mammalogy and Ornithology with the California Academy of
Sciences. Swarth pursued fieldwork throughout his life, undertaking most of this work in California, Arizona, the U.S. northwest
coast, and the Galapagos Islands.
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