The Charles L. Camp field notes collection contains 5 volumes of field notes between the years 1908 and 1922, as well as the
transcriptions of an MVZ field trip to Yolla Bolly in 1913. The collection contains Camp's diary of the first field trip of
the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology in 1908. His field notes contain his journals, species observations, catalogs, hand-drawn
maps, and specimen drawings from these trips in his early career.
Charles Lewis Camp, born 1893 in North Dakota, was the third Director of the University of California Museum of Paleontology
and an early researcher at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, where he was a participant on the first ever field trip of the
MVZ in 1908. Camp had been noticed by Joseph Grinnell at his school in Pasadena as a young man, and was encouraged by Grinnell
to come study Zoology at Berkeley. This he did in 1911, and while at Berkeley he collected specimens for the MVZ from 1913-1915.
He then went on to earn a Ph.D from Columbia University in 1923 in Paleontology, during which time he served in World War
I and assisted at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Camp began teaching in the Zoology Department at Berkeley
in 1922 and later in the Paleontology Department in 1930. He would eventually become the chair of the Paleontology Department
in 1939. Camp actively engaged in field work all over the United States, and, thanks to a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1935, in
Europe, South Africa, and China as well. In 1949 Camp gave up his Directorship and chairmanship, but continued to mentor,
teach, and do field work all over the world. He formally retired in 1960, though like so many others in the field, never gave
up his work. Camp was a thorough and detailed researcher who published extensively during his career including, to name a
couple, his Earth Song, which is a poetic interpretation of the geologic history of Western America, and Stories of Fossils,
which was geared toward elementary school children. As his hobby, Camp was also an avid and accomplished historian of Western
America and published many books on pioneers, during which time he would often retrace their travels. For this simultaneous
work as a paleontologist and historian, Camp was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley
in 1968 and was awarded the Henry R. Wagner Medal from the California Historical Society in 1970. Charles L. Camp died in
1975 at the age of 82. References: University of California Museum of Paleontology. “Charles L. Camp (1893-1975), third director
of UCMP.” History of UCMP. University of California Museum of Paleontology, n. d. Web. 12 Aug. 2013. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/about/history/clcamp.php.
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