This collection contains materials related to Charles Russell Orcutt’s work in Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and the American Southwest
as well as his family history.
Charles Russell Orcutt, born in Vermont in 1864, was a pioneer naturalist of the American Southwest. He was a resident of
San Diego from 1879 until his death in 1929, but spent much of his time traveling and collecting botanical and zoological
specimens for supply houses and research organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution. His travels took him throughout
the American Southwest, Mexico and to the islands of the Caribbean, where he died. Self-educated, Orcutt was an entrepreneur
and an editor of his own scientific journals, and made significant contributions to the fields of botany and malacology.
2.5 Linear feet
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This collection is open for research.