The Chester C. Lamb papers consist of field notes and correspondence. The field notes span the years 1925-1932, during which
Lamb took on the roles of field assistant and Assistant Curator of Mammals at the MVZ. The correspondence dates from 1931-1955,
during which he spent a significant amount of time collecting in Mexico for Dr. Robert T. Moore, an independent ornithologist.
Born in 1883, Chester C. Lamb’s tenure with the MVZ lasted from 1925-1932, during which he served as a field assistant and
Assistant Curator of Mammals. While with the MVZ, Lamb collected birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The majority of
his fieldwork occurred in the Western U.S. and Lower California, where his Spanish language skills served him well. Having
completed his work with the MVZ, Lamb collected and prepared over 40,000 specimens from 1933-1955 while in Mexico. Dr. Robert
T. Moore, a businessman and independent ornithologist, funded Lamb’s work. The specimens that Lamb collected eventually became
part of Occidental College’s Moore Laboratory of Zoology, which opened in 1952.
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