VAN ROSSEM, Adriaan Joseph

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Adriaan Joseph Van Rossem

VAN ROSSEM, Adriaan Joseph “Van” (1892-1949), born in Chicago on December 17, 1892, he became an internationally-known ornithologist from the California Institute of Technology, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the birds of Mexico and Central America. He also worked on the Pacific Islands off Baja California, Mexico, and visited the Revillagigedo Islands. April 23 to May 2, 1911, Van Rossem and friend, Alfred Brazier Howell, made a birding trip to Santa Cruz Island. Van Rossem returned to Santa Cruz Island March 19-April 6, 1920; and again August 18-21, 1922 with Loye and Alden Miller. Van Rossem also collected on Santa Catalina Island in 1920 and 1922, shooting birds with permission of Catalina Island Company manager, D. M. Renton. In 1930 J. R. “Bill” Pemberton provided Van Rossem with boat transportation to San Clemente Island aboard his yacht, Petrel.

From the age of 16, Van Rossem had been associated with ornithologist, Donald Dickey. Although Dickey’s collections had been housed temporarily at the California Institute of Technology, after Dickey’s death in 1932, financial support was limited. Van Rossem moved to the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, where his good friend, Lawrence M. Huey, was curator. In 1940, largely through the efforts of Loye Miller, an arrangement was made with Dickey’s widow for his collections to be given to the University of California Los Angeles. Van Rossem left San Diego and moved to UCLA where he became collection curator.

During his career, Van Rossem authored more than 200 monographs and books. Van Rossem died unexpectedly at the age of 56 on September 4, 1949 in Los Angeles. He was survived by two sons, Donald Richard and Adriaan Peter Van Rossem, and their mother, Grace Coolidge, whom Van Rossem had divorced in 1934. In 1934 he married Florence S. Stevenson, and in 1944 following her death, Dorothy Sanderson, who died two years later. Fellow ornithologist Alden H. Miller wrote a long tribute to Van Rossem in Auk. Loye H. Miller named an extinct godwit from the Miocene of Lompoc in his honor, Limosa vanrossemi. Copies of Van Rossem’s field notes, Santa Cruz Island Notes March 10 to April 6, 1920, are in the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, California.

Van Rossem collected on:

  • Anacapa Island (1913, 1918, 1929)
  • San Clemente Island (1908, 1918, 1930)
  • San Miguel Island (1930)
  • San Nicolas Island (1929)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1911, 1930)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1910, 1920, 1921, 1922)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1911, 1920)

Palmer, T. S. Nomenclature of California Birds in Condor 30(5):267-268 September-October 1928:

VAN ROSSEM, Adriaan Joseph. “Born in Chicago, Illinois, December 17, 1892. An enthusiastic young ornithologist of Pasadena who, in association with D. R. Dickey, has done some excellent systematic work on the West Coast birds and has recently collected in Salvador. His most notable single contribution is perhaps his paper on the Red-winged Blackbirds. In recognition of his work, Prof. L. H. Miller has named in his honor Limosa vanrossemi, an extinct Godwit from the Miocene of Lompoc, California.”


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» Howell, Alfred B. and A. J. van Rossem Further Notes from Santa Cruz Island in Condor 13(6):208-210 November-December 1911

» Van Rossem, A. J. Santa Cruz Island Notes March 10 to April 6, 1920 Unpublished Field Notes. Univ. of California Los Angeles, CA.

» Dickey, Donald R. and A. J. van Rossen The Validity of the Catalina Island Quail in Condor 24(1):34 January-February 1922

» Dickey, Donald R. and A. J. van Rossen Additional notes from the coastal islands of Southern California in Condor 25(4):126-129 July-August 1923

» Van Rossem, A. J. A Survey of the Song Sparrows of the Santa Barbara Islands in Condor 26(6):217-220 November-December 1924

» Van Rossem, A. J. On the Validity of the San Clemente Island Bell’s Sparrow in Auk 49(4):490-491 October-December 1932

» Van Rossem, A. J. The Santa Cruz Island Flicker in Condor 46(5):245-246 September-October, 1944

» Miller, Alden H. In Memorium: Adriaan Joseph van Rossem in Auk 74(1):20-27 January-March 1957



Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ May 21, 1913 WFVZ-11324 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ May 21, 1913 WFVZ-11325 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ May 21, 1913 WFVZ-11326 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem CAS May 21, 1913 CAS-75199 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem DMNH May 21, 1913 DMNH-6097 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem DMNS May 21, 1913 DMNS-27296 Endomychura hypoleuca scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem MVZ May 21, 1913 MVZ-101554 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA May 21, 1913 UCLA-141 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA May 21, 1913 UCLA-142 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem NMNH May 21, 1913 USNM-263431 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem CAS May 23, 1913 CAS-75201 Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi Birds
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ May 25, 1913 WFVZ-11328 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ May 25, 1913 WFVZ-11329 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs
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Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ May 4, 1918 WFVZ-2715 Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus Eggs
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Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem MVZ February 24, 1929 MVZ-4561 Pelecanus occidentalis californicus Eggs
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem MVZ February 24, 1929 MVZ-4622 Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus Eggs
Anacapa Island A. J. Van Rossem WFVZ February 24, 1929 WFVZ-11324 Brachyramphus hypoleucus Eggs


San Clemente Island

1908 LACM birds 3/25/1918 YPM birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA August 25, 1908 UCLA-11324 Tringa incanus Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ August 25, 1908 UMMZ-64105 Tringa incanus Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem MCZ August 26, 1908 MCZ-151350 Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA August 26, 1908 UCLA-7714 Ceryle alcyon caurina Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA August 26, 1908 UCLA-11111 Pandion haliaetus carolinensis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ August 27, 1908 UMMZ-50828 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem USNM August 27, 1908 USNM-416730 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA August 29, 1908 UCLA-10489 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem NMNH August 30, 1908 USNM-11347 Ardea herodias herodias Birds
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San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31223 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31224 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31225 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31226 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31227 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31228 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31229 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Clemente Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA October 25, 1930 UCLA-31230 Erimophila alpestris insularis Birds



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem MCZ December 28, 1930 MCZ-152409 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem MCZ December 28, 1930 MCZ-152410 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA December 28, 1930 UCLA-31278 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA December 28, 1930 UCLA-31279 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA December 28, 1930 UCLA-31280 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ December 28, 1930 UMMZ-166735 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ December 28, 1930 UMMZ-166736 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem & D. R. Dickey MCZ February 24, 1929 MCZ-255855 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem & D. R. Dickey MCZ February 24, 1929 MCZ-255856 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26024 Corvus corax sinuatis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26025 Corvus corax sinuatis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26026 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26027 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26028 Salpinctes obsoletus obsoletus Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26029 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26030 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26031 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26032 Eremophila alpestris insularis Birds
San Nicolas Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 24, 1929 UCLA-26033 Zonotrichia heucophrys gambelii Birds



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Barbara Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA April 25, 1911 UCLA-11089 Podiceps nigricollis californicus Birds
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Santa Barbara Island A. J. Van Rossem MVZ August 10, 1930 MVZ-56232 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island A. J. Van Rossem MVZ August 10, 1930 MVZ-56233 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ August 10, 1930 UMMZ-166694 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds


Santa Catalina Island

1/31; 2/1/1920 CMNH birds [Carnegie]


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 11, 1910 UCLA-11090 Podiceps nigricollis californicus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 13, 1910 UCLA-11120 Synthliboramphus antiquus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem DMNS February 14, 1910 DMNS-28490 Carpodacus mexicanus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem MCZ February 15, 1910 MCZ-82018 Zonotrichia iliaca Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ February 15, 1910 UMMZ-52089 Vermivora celata sordida Birds
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Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 16, 1920 UCLA-3370 Larus heermanni Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 16, 1920 UCLA-3371 Larus heermanni Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 16, 1920 UCLA-3372 Larus heermanni Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 16, 1920 UCLA-3500 Larus heermanni Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ January 19, 1920 UMMZ-167335 Passerella iliaca sinuosa Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem MLZ January 23, 1920 MLZ-66282 Selasphorus sasin Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem MLZ January 23, 1920 MLZ-66364 Selasphorus sasin Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 24, 1920 UCLA-3451 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 24, 1920 UCLA-3452 Ptychoramphus aleuticus aleuticus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 24, 1920 UCLA-3453 Ptychoramphus aleuticus aleuticus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 25, 1920 UCLA-3459 Sterna maxima Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 26, 1920 UCLA-3460 Podiceps auritus cornutus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 26, 1920 UCLA-3469 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 26, 1920 UCLA-3470 Sterna maxima Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ January 26, 1920 UMMZ-167342 Passerella iliaca ridgwayi Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 27, 1920 UCLA-3480 Sterna maxima Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 28, 1920 UCLA-3481 Sterna maxima Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA January 30, 1920 UCLA-3501 Ptychoramphus aleuticus aleuticus Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem Carnegie MNH January 31, 1920 CMNH-99977 Pipilo erythrophthalmus clementae Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem Carnegie MNH January 31, 1920 CMNH-99978 Pipilo erythrophthalmus clementae Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem Carnegie MNH February 1, 1920 CMNH-99979 Pipilo erythrophthalmus clementae Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA February 3, 1920 UCLA-3523 Podiceps nigricollis californicus Birds
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Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem & D. R. Dickey UCLA February 16, 1921 UCLA-4676 Melanitta perspicillata Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem & D. R. Dickey UCLA February 16, 1921 UCLA-4677 Melanitta perspicillata Birds
Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem & D. R. Dickey UCLA February 17, 1921 UCLA-4679 Ptychoramphus aleuticus aleuticus Birds
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Santa Catalina Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA April 8, 1922 UCLA-6500 Podiceps nigricollis californicus Birds


Santa Cruz Island

1911 LACM birds 4/28/1911 ROM birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem CHAS April 27, 1911 CHAS-7963 Carpodacus mexicanus clementis Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA April 27, 1911 UCLA-3686 Regulus calendula calendula Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem NMNH April 29, 1911 USNM-590957 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ April 29, 1911 UMMZ-126319 Calypte anna Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem YPM April 29, 1911 YPM-002226 Aphelocoma insularis Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem YPM April 30, 1911 YPM-003923 Haemorhous mexicanus frontalis Birds
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Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ April 3, 1920 UMMZ-166149 Loxia curvirostra grinnelli Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem UMMZ April 3, 1920 UMMZ-166150 Loxia curvirostra grinnelli Birds
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Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA August 20, 1922 UCLA-6901 Ardea herodias hyperonca Birds
Santa Cruz Island A. J. Van Rossem UCLA August 21, 1922 UCLA-6902 Ardea herodias hyperonca Birds


Santa Cruz Island (1911)

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