Waldo Schmitt and the Presidential Cruise of 1938: Correspondence

About the Project

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a cruise with the President? Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, former curator for the United States National Museum (now the National Museum of Natural History) knew firsthand, after he was tapped to serve as the naturalist aboard President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1938 Presidential Cruise to Clipperton, Cocos, and the Galapagos Islands. This trip was one of many for Schmitt, whose zoological work (which focused on decapod crustaceans like crabs, lobsters and shrimp), took him across the country and to South America, the West Indies, the Antarctic, and the Galapagos--with and without the President.

Join us and together we will make the correspondence of this historic trip, including Schmitt's letters with President Roosevelt, more accessible.

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