Popular / Leaflet Series

From the 1920's through the 1970's, The Field Museum's Division of Publications published four series of booklets on popular topics for the general reader. Written in non-technical language by Museum curators and associates, they were designed to give brief accounts of local flora & fauna, cultures & collections displayed in the Museum's exhibitions.

Below is a list of all of the titles published in the series, separated by their traditional subject divisions. Hyperlinked titles will take you to a page providing the full-text version on the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Titles that are not hyperlinked have not yet been digitized.


Anthropology

No. 1. The Chinese Gateway

By Berthold Laufer. 1922. 7 pages.

No. 2. The Philippine Forge Group

By F.C. Cole. 1922. 4 pages, 1 illus.

No. 3. The Japanese Collections

By Helen C. Gunsaulus. 1922. 19 pages, 6 illus.

No. 4. New Guinea Masks

By Albert B. Lewis. 1922. 10 pages, 6 illus.

No. 5. The Thunder Ceremony of the Pawnee.

By Ralph Linton. 1922. 20 pages, 4 illus.

No. 6. Sacrifice to the Morning Star by the Skidi Pawnee.

By Ralph Linton. 1923. 20 pages, 1 illus.

No. 7. Purification of the Sacred Bundles.

By Ralph Linton. 1923. 11 pages, 1 illus.

No. 8. Annual Ceremony of the Pawnee Medicine Men

By Ralph Linton. 1923. 20 pages, 2 illus.

No. 9. The Use of Sago in New Guinea

By Albert B. Lewis. 1923. 9 pages, 4 illus.

No. 10. Use of Human Skulls and Bones in Tibet.

By Berthold Laufer. 1923. 16 pages, 1 illus.

No. 11. The Japanese New Year's Festival, Games and Pastimes

By Helen C. Gunsaulus. 1923. 18 pages, 8 illus.

No. 12. Japanese Costume

By Helen C. Gunsaulus. 1923. 28 pages, 8 illus.

No. 13. Gods and Heroes of Japan

By Helen C. Gunsaulus. 1924. 23 pages, 6 illus.

No. 14. Japanese Temples and Houses

By Helen C. Gunsaulus. 1924. 20 pages, 8 illus.

No. 15. The Use of Tobacco Among North American Indians

By Ralph Linton. 1924. 28 pages, 6 illus.

No. 16. The Use of Tobacco in Mexico and South America

By J. Alden Mason. 1925. 16 pages, 6 illus.

No. 17. The Use of Tobacco in New Guinea

By Albert B. Lewis. 1925. 10 pages, 2 illus.

No. 18. Tobacco and Its Use in Asia

By Berthold Laufer. 1925. 39 pages, 10 illus.

No. 19. The Introduction of Tobacco into Europe

By Berthold Laufer. 1925. 66 pages.

No. 20. The Japanese Sword and Its Decorations

By Helen C. Gunsaulus. 1924. 21 pages, 4 illus.

No. 21. Ivory in China

By Berthold Laufer. 1925. 80 pages, 23 illus.

No. 22. Insect-Musicians and Cricket Champions of China

By Berthold Laufer. 1927. 27 pages, 12 illus.

No. 23. Ostrich Egg-Shell Cups of Mesopotamia and the Ostrich in Ancient and Modern Times

By Berthold Laufer. 1926. 51 pages, 19 illus.

No. 24. The Indian Tribes of the Chicago Region, with Specific Reference to the Illinois and the Potawatomi

By William D. Strong. 1926. 36 pages, 8 illus.

No. 25. The Civilization of the Mayas

By J. Eric Thompson. 1973 (7th ed.). 97 pages, 38 illus., 1 map.

No. 26. The Early History of Man, with Special Reference to the Cap-Blanc Skeleton

By Henry Field. 1927. 19 pages, 8 illus.

No. 27. The Giraffe in History and Art

By Berthold Laufer. 1928. 100 pages, 32 illus.

No. 28. The Field Museum-Oxford University Expedition to Kish, Mesopotamia, 1923-1929

By Henry Field. 1929. 34 pages, 14 illus., 2 maps

No. 29. Tobacco and Its Use in Africa

By Berthold Laufer, Wilfrid D. Hambly, and Ralph Linton. 1930. 45 pages, 6 illus.

No. 30. The Races of Mankind

By Henry Field, with Preface by Berthold Laufer and Introduction by Sir Arthur Keith. 1934 (2nd ed.). 40 pages, 9 illus., 1 plan

No. 31. Prehistoric Man, Hall of the Stone Age of the Old World

By Henry Field, with Foreword by Berthold Laufer. 1933. 44 pages, 8 illus.

No. 32. Primitive Hunters of Australia

By Wilfrid D. Hambly. 1936. 59 pages, 12 illus., 1 map

No. 33. Archaeology of South America

By J. Eric Thompson. 1936. 160 pages, 30 illus.

No. 34. Ancient Seals of the Near East

By Richard A. Martin. 1940. 3 pages, 24 illus

No. 35. Aleutian Islanders

By George I. Quimby. 1934. 48 pages, 17 illus.

No. 36. Mummies

By Richard A. Martin. 1976 (new edition – revised and edited by David P. Silverman). 43 pages, 20 illus.

No. 37. Prehistoric Man

By Robert J. Braidwood. 1967 (7th ed.) 181 pages, 38 illus.

No. 38. Digging into History

By Paul S. Martin. 1959. 159 pages, 63 illus., 1 map.


Botany

No. 1. Figs

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1922. 8 pages, 1 illus.

No. 2. Coco Palm

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1922. 8 pages, 2 illus.

No. 3. Wheat

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1922. 8 pages, 1 illus.

No. 4. Cacao

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1922. 14 pages, 5 illus.

No. 5. A Fossil Flower

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1924. 16 pages, 10 illus.

No. 6. The Cannon Ball Tree

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1925. 8 pages, 6 illus.

No. 7. Spring Wild Flowers

By J. Francis Macbride. 1924. 32 pages, 30 illus.

No. 8. Spring and Early Summer Wild Flowers

By J. Francis Macbride. 1924. 30 pages, 28 illus.

No. 9. Summer Wild Flowers

By J. Francis Macbride. 1924. 30 pages, 28 illus.

No. 10. Autumn Flowers and Fruits

By J. Francis Macbride. 1924. 32 pages, 32 illus.

No. 11. Common Trees

By J. Francis Macbride. 1925. 44 pages, 47 illus.

No. 12. Poison Ivy

By James B. McNair. 1926. 12 pages, 6 illus.

No. 13. Sugar and Sugar Making

By James B. McNair. 1927. 34 pages, 6 illus.

No. 14. Indian Corn

By James McNair. 1930. 34 pages, 6 illus.

No. 15. Spices and Condiments

By James B. McNair. 1930. 64 pages, 11 illus

No. 16. Fifty Common Plant Galls of the Chicago Area

By Carl F. Gronemann. 1930. 30 pages, 51 illus.

No. 17. Common Weeds

By Paul C. Standley. 1934. 27 pages.

No. 18. Common Mushrooms

By Leon L. Pray. 1936. 68 pages, 65 illus.

No. 19. Old-Fashioned Garden Flowers

By Donald C. Peattie. 1936. 32 pages, 29 illus.

No. 20. House Plants

By Robert T. Van Tress. 1937. 36 pages, 31 illus.

No. 21. Tea

By Llewelyn Williams. 1937. 30 pages, 9 illus.

No. 22. Coffee

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1938. 44 pages, 15 illus.

No. 23. Carnivorous Plants and "The Man-Eating Tree."

y Sophia Prior. 1939. 20 pages, 8 illus.

No. 24. Mistletoe and Holly

By Sophia Prior. 1939. 32 pages, 8 illus.

No. 25. The Story of Food Plants

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1940. 32 pages, 8 illus.

No. 26. Tropical and Subtropical Fruits

By B.E. Dahlgren. 1947. 72 pages, 67 illus.

No. 27. Natural Landscapes of the United States

By J. Francis Macbride. 1950. 48 pages, 37 illus.


Geology

No. 1. Model of an Arizona Gold Mine

By Henry W. Nichols. 1922. 12 pages.

No. 2. Models of Blast Furnaces for Smelting Iron

By Henry W. Nichols. 1923. 12 pages.

No. 3. Amber

By Oliver C. Farrington. 1923. 7 pages, 4 illus.

No. 4. Meteorites

By Oliver C. Farrington. 1923. 11 pages, 2 illus.

No. 5. Soils

By Henry W. Nichols. 1925. 16 pages, 6 illus.

No. 6. The Moon

By Oliver C. Farrington. 1925. 14 pages, 2 illus.

No. 7. Early Geological History of Chicago

By Henry W. Nichols. 1925. 30 pages, 12 illus.

No. 8. Agate: Physical Properties and Origin

By Oliver C. Farrington. Agate: Archaeology and Folklore. By Berthold Laufer. 1927. 36 pages, 15 illus.

No. 9. How Old Are Fossils

By Sharat K. Roy. 1927. 12 pages, 4 illus.

No. 10. Famous Diamonds

By Oliver C. Farrington. 1929. 28 pages, 5 illus.

No. 11. Neanderthal (Mousterian) Man

By Oliver C. Farrington and Henry Field. 1929. 16 pages, 9 illus.

No. 12. Cement

By Henry W. Nichols. 1929. 15 pages, 4 illus.

No. 13. The Geological History and Evolution of the Horse

By Elmer S. Riggs. 1932. 54 pages, 19 illus.

No. 14. A Forest of the Coal Age

By B. E. Dahlgren. 1933. 40 pages, 27 illus.


Zoology

No. 1. The White-Tailed Deer

By Wilfred H. Osgood. 1922. 12 pages, 1 illus.

No. 2. Chicago Winter Birds

By Colin C. Sanborn. 1922. 12 pages, 1 illus.

No. 3. The American Alligator

By Karl P. Schmidt. 1923. 14 pages, 2 illus.

No. 4. The Periodical Cicada

By William J. Gerhard. 1923. 14 pages, 6 illus.

No. 5. The Alligator Gar

By Alfred C. Weed. 1923. 16 pages, 3 illus.

No. 6. The Wild Turkey

By John T. Zimmer. 1924. 14 pages, 1 illus.

No. 7. The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo

By J. H. Patterson. 1925. 40 pages, 7 illus.

No. 8. Mammals of the Chicago Area

By Colin C. Sanborn. 1926. 23 pages, 22 illus.

No. 9. Pike, Pickerel and Muskalonge

By Alfred C. Weed. 1927. 52 pages, 12 illus.

No. 10. The Truth About Snake Stories

By Karl P. Schmidt. 1961 (3rd printing). 23 pages, 9 illus.

No. 11. The Frogs and Toads of the Chicago Area

By Karl P. Schmidt. 1929. 16 pages, 4 illus.

No. 12. The Salamanders of the Chicago Area

By Karl P. Schmidt. 1930. 16 pages, 4 illus.

No. 13. Sculptures of Champion Domestic Animals of Great Britain

The Sculptures by Herbert Haseltine. 1934. 45 pages, 19 illus.

No. 14. Turtles of the Chicago Area

By Karl P. Schmidt. 1938. 24 pages, 12 illus.

No. 15. Crocodile Hunting in Central America

By Karl P. Schmidt. 1952. 23 pages, 10 illus.