Chapin, James P.

Alternative names
Birth 1889
Death 1964
French, English

Biographical notes:

Ornithologist, curator.

Chapin made many scientific expeditions to Africa between 1909 and 1958; he was stationed there while serving in the OSS during World War II.

From the description of Chapin, James Paul, 1889-1964 papers, 1860-1966, 1900-1966 (bulk). (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155571396

Ornithologist, museum curator, specialist in the birds of Zaire.

Chapin was a curator in the Dept. of Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History.

From the description of Card files, 1909-1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155510494

James P. Chapin was an ornithologist and museum curator, especially known for his work in the Congo.

Chapin was associated with the American Museum of Natural History from 1909 until his death, beginning as assistant in the Dept. of Ornithology, becoming associate curator in 1923, research associate in African ornithology and curator emeritus in 1948. At the age of 19, Chapin accompanied Herbert Lang as second in command on the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition. During the next 20 years, Chapin made five more trips to the Congo and Central Africa to study ornithology, and published his four-part work, The birds of the Belgian Congo. He also made several other field trips, to North America, Polynesia, the Galapagos Islands and West Africa. From 1953 to 1958, Chapin and his wife, Ruth, did ornithological field work and training in the eastern Congo.

From the description of Correspondence, 1953. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 55612260


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  • Ornithology--Research
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  • Honeyguides
  • Ornithologists--Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Birds--Bibliography
  • Birds--Collection and preservation
  • Ornithology--Classification
  • Natural history
  • Zoology
  • Biogeography
  • Birds--Geographical distribution


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  • Florida (as recorded)
  • Miami (Fla.) (as recorded)
  • Congo (Democratic Republic) (as recorded)
  • Cape Charles (Va.) (as recorded)
  • Panama (as recorded)
  • Africa (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • Cocos Island (Costa Rica) (as recorded)
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama) (as recorded)
  • Galapagos Islands (as recorded)