National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Echinoderms Search this
United States National Museum Division of Marine Invertebrates Search this
United States National Museum Division of Echinoderms Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Invertebrate Zoology Search this
16 cu. ft. (32 document boxes)
From 1880 until 1920, the study and curation of the United States National Museum collection of Echinoderms was under the administrative direction of the Division of Marine Invertebrates. In 1920 the collection of Echinoderms was removed from Marine Invertebrates to form a new Division of Echinoderms. Austin H. Clark, who had served since 1908 as Collaborator and Assistant Curator in the Division of Marine Invertebrates, was appointed Curator and remained in the position until his retirement in 1950. At that time, the Division of Echinoderms ceased to exist as an administrative entity, and the collections reverted to the care of the Division of Marine Invertebrates. On July 1, 1965, the Division of Echinoderms was reformed as a division of the newly created Department of Invertebrate Zoology. Professional staff of the present Division of Echinoderms includes David L. Pawson, Associate Curator and Curator, 1965- ; Klaus Ruetzler, Associate Curator and Curator, 1965- ; and Frederick Merkle Bayer, Visiting Curator and Curator, 1972- .
For a description of the record series of which these materials are a part, refer to "Forms part of" above.
Addl. KW Subjects:
Berde, Stuart (RU 209)
(1) General correspondence, 1907-1980; (2) annual reports, 1966-1982
These records consist primarily of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the curatorial staff of the Division of Echinoderms. Most of the correspondence dates from the creation of the new Division of Echinoderms in 1965 and concerns the identification, exchange, and distribution of specimens; collecting work and expeditions; publication of manuscripts; professional activities; and administrative matters. Also included are divisional annual reports, 1966-1982.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520