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Lester Frank Ward Papers, 1882-1913, with related materials to circa 1965

Creator:
Ward, Lester Frank 1841-1913
Subject:
Ward, Lester Frank 1841-1913
Hollick, Charles Arthur 1857-1933
Knowlton, Frank Hall 1860-1926
Lesquereux, Leo 1806-1889
Newberry, J. S (John Strong) 1822-1892
Geological Survey (U.S.)
United States National Museum Department of Fossil Plants
Brown University
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Culture:
Portraits
Type:
Illustrations
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1882
1882-1913
1882-1913, with related materials to circa 1965
Topic:
Paleontology
Local number:
SIA RU007321
Notes:
Lester Frank Ward (1841-1913) served as a geologist and paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) from 1882 to 1905. In addition to his USGS career, Ward served as Honorary Curator of the Department of Fossil Plants in the United States National Museum (USNM) during the same span of years. In 1905, Ward accepted a faculty appointment at Brown University, where he remained until his death. Ward's paleobotanical research concentrated upon the relation of fossil plants to geology, and their value and importance in stratigraphic investigations. His scientific bibliography included over one hundred and fifty titles. Ward is probably best remembered for his pioneering work in sociology
Summary:
These papers consist primarily of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting Ward's paleobotanical research and his curatorial work in the USNM. Also included are letters concerning his official duties with the USGS. The correspondence concerns the acquisition and identification of specimens, the preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts, and field work. Included is extensive correspondence with Charles Leo Lesquereux, John Strong Newberry, and Arthur Hollick. The papers also include a small amount of correspondence of Ward's assistant and colleague, Frank Hall Knowlton; a photograph of Ward taken in his USNM office in 1886; and a pencil sketch of Ward
The papers do not concern Ward's sociological theories or writings. Researchers interested in that aspect of his career should consult Ward's papers deposited in the Library of Congress and Brown University
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