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Interview 3: 4 February 1982

Collection Creator::
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984. interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9526, Oral history interviews with S. Stillman Berry
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interview 1 : 4 May 1980

Collection Creator::
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984. interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9526, Oral history interviews with S. Stillman Berry
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Interview 2: 7 May 1980

Collection Creator::
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984. interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9526, Oral history interviews with S. Stillman Berry
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Oral history interviews with S. Stillman Berry
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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S. Stillman Berry Papers

Creator::
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984  Search this
Extent:
0.51 cu. ft. (1 3x5 box) (1 5x8 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Glass negatives
Lantern slides
Place:
Kermadec Islands
Date:
circa 1911-1912
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of images of cephalopods, octopuses, and flowers used by S. Stillman Berry, malacologist. Materials include glass plate negatives, film negatives, black and white photographs, lantern slides, and a color transparency.
Topic:
Cephalopoda  Search this
Octopuses  Search this
Flowers  Search this
Mollusks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Glass negatives
Lantern slides
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-178, S. Stillman Berry Papers
Identifier:
Accession 11-178
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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S. Stillman Berry Papers

Creator::
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984  Search this
Extent:
4.5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Scientific illustrations
Maps
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Audiotapes
Date:
1904-2001
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the papers of S. Stillman Berry (1887-1984), a malacologist and businessman. The majority of these materials consist of the notes and illustrations for many of his published and unpublished manuscripts. Materials also include reprints, correspondence, scientific illustrations, maps, clippings, photographs, negatives, and audiocassettes. Materials dated after Berry's death document memorials, his estate, and the distribution of his collections.
Topic:
Malacologists  Search this
Mollusks  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Scientific illustrations
Maps
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-224, S. Stillman Berry Papers
Identifier:
Accession 16-224
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Oral history interviews with S. Stillman Berry

Creator::
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984. interviewee  Search this
Extent:
3 audiotapes (reference copies). 6 digital .mp3 files (reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Transcripts
Date:
1980-1982
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The S. Stillman Berry interview was donated to the Oral History Collection because of his long career and contributions to the field of American malacology.
Descriptive Entry:
S. Stillman Berry was interviewed by Donald R. Shasky, a physician and shell collector, because of his long career and contributions to the field of American malacology. Interviews cover his work at Scripps, reminiscences of colleagues, and development of his private library. These complement the S. Stillman Berry Papers which are also located in the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Berry's cephalopod collection is now housed in the National Museum of Natural History, along with selected publications from his library.
Historical Note:
S. Stillman Berry (1887-1984), was a private researcher working in both malacology and horticulture. He received the B.A. in biology from Stanford University in 1909, the M.A. from Harvard University in 1910, and the Ph.D. from Stanford in 1913. While at Harvard he began his research in cephalopods; he continued work on that subject at Stanford under Harold Heath, where he wrote his dissertation on cephalopods of western North America.

After receiving the Ph.D., Berry accepted a position at the Scripps Institution of Biological Research as Librarian, where he developed the Institution's library collection. This was to be his only paid professional position in the sciences, and he remained at Scripps until 1919.

Following his father's death in 1917, Berry became corporate president of his family's ranch in Montana, but remained in Redlands, California, to continue his career as an independent researcher. He privately published a journal, Leaflets in Malacology. In that publication, as well as several others, he described 401 new taxa of mollusks, mostly from California and the eastern Pacific. In addition to his primary research interests in cephalopods, chitons, and land snails, Berry was an avid horticulturist. He maintained an orange grove and is credited with developing many new varieties of daffodils and irises. A lifelong collector, he amassed a highly significant shell collection, as well as a personal library of important and rare scientific works.

Berry's professional affiliations and honors included appointment as Honorary Member in the Cephalopod International Advisory Council, Life President of the American Malacological Union, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Oceanography  Search this
Collectors and collecting  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9526, Oral history interviews with S. Stillman Berry
Identifier:
Record Unit 9526
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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The Cephalopoda of the Hawaiian Islands. By S. Stillman Berry

Author:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984  Search this
United States Bureau of Fisheries  Search this
Physical description:
1 p. l., p. 255-362. illus., pl. XLV-LV. 28 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Hawaii
Date:
1914
1912
Topic:
Cephalopoda  Search this
Mollusks  Search this
Call number:
QL430.2.B4X 1914
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_351555

Poems on conchology and botany : with plates and notes / by Sarah Hoare

Author:
Hoare, Sarah 1777-1856  Search this
Inscriber:
Hoare, Sarah 1777-1856 DSI  Search this
Former owner:
Trickett, Helen Maria DSI  Search this
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 106 p., [5] leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Poetry
Date:
1831
Topic:
Shells  Search this
Botany  Search this
Call number:
QL405 .H67 1831
QL405.H67 1831
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_383681

Handbuch der Naturgeschichte der skelettlosen ungegliederten Thiere / von August Friedrich Schweigger

Title:
Naturgeschichte der skelettlosen ungegliederten Thiere
Schweigger's Naturgeschichte der skelettlosen Thiere DSI
Author:
Schweigger, August Friedrich 1783-1821  Search this
Former owner:
Savy, F. active 1860-1904 DSI  Search this
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 776 pages ; 21 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1820
Topic:
Invertebrates  Search this
Call number:
QL362 .S39 1820
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_550506

Leaves from the note book of a naturalist / by W.J. Broderip

Title:
Naturalist's note book
Author:
Broderip, William John 1789-1859  Search this
Illustrator:
Sands, Robert 1782-1855  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Publisher:
John W. Parker and Son  Search this
Printer:
Savill and Edwards  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 413, [1] pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1852
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Animal behavior  Search this
Call number:
QL81 .B865 1852
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058495

Elements of conchology, according to the Linnaean system : illustrated by twenty-eight plates, drawn from nature / by the Rev. E.L. Burrow

Author:
Burrow, E. J (Edward John) 1785-1861  Search this
Publisher:
Duncan, J (James) (Publisher)  Search this
Printer:
Moyes, James -1838  Search this
Engraver:
Heath, Charles 1785-1848  Search this
Former owner:
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xix, [1], 245, [1] pages, XXVIII leaves of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm (8vo)
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1825
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Call number:
QL403 .B97 1825
QL403.B97 1825X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_352638

Beautiful shells : their nature, structure, & uses familiarly explained : with directions for collecting, cleaning, and arranging them in the cabinet and descriptions of the most remarkable species / by H. G. Adams ; illustrated

Author:
Adams, H. G (Henry Gardiner) 1811 or 1812-1881  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[4], 156 p., VIII leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Popular works
Date:
1871
[1871]
Topic:
Shells--Collection and preservation  Search this
Shells  Search this
Call number:
QL405 .A234 1871
QL405.A234 1871
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_383658

New microscopical discoveries : containing observations ..

Author:
Needham, John Turberville 1713-1781  Search this
Engraver:
Roberts, Henry ca. 1710-ca. 1790  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 126, [2] p., 6 folded leaves of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. (8vo)
Type:
Pre-Linnean works
Early works to 1800
Date:
1745
Topic:
Natural history  Search this
Microscopy  Search this
Microscopes  Search this
Reproduction  Search this
Call number:
QH41 .N37 1745
QH41.N37 1745
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_383677

Kleine Beyträge zur Testaceotheologie, oder, Zur Erkäntniss Gottes aus den Conchylien, in einigen Sendschreiben herausgegeben / von Johann Hieronymus Chemnitz ..

Title:
Kleine Beyträge zur Testaceotheologie
Zur Erkäntniss Gottes aus den Conchylien
Author:
Chemnitz, Johann Hieronymus 1730-1800  Search this
Engraver:
Seligmann, Johann Michael 1720-1762  Search this
Former owner:
Shuttleworth, R. J (Robert James) 1810-1874 DSI  Search this
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- ,- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
139, [1] p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. (engraving) ; 24 cm. (4to)
Type:
Early works to 1800
Date:
1760
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Nature--Religious aspects  Search this
Call number:
QL403 .C49 1760b
QL403.C49 1760b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_383725

Kleine Beyträge zur Testaceotheologie, oder, Zur Erkäntniss Gottes aus den Conchylien, in einigen Sendschreiben herausgegeben : nebst einem Anhang von denen berühmtesten Naturalien sonderlich Conchylien- Sammlungen zu Wien

Title:
Kleine Beyträge zur Testaceotheologie
Zur Erkäntniss Gottes aus den Conchylien
Author:
Chemnitz, Johann Hieronymus 1730-1800  Search this
Engraver:
Seligmann, Johann Michael 1720-1762  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- ,- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
139, [1] p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. (engraving) ; 25 cm. (4to)
Type:
Early works to 1800
Date:
1760
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Nature--Religious aspects  Search this
Call number:
QL403 .C49 1760
QL403.C49 1760
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_383727

Leçons élémentaires sur l'histoire naturelle des animaux : précédées d'un aperçu général sur la zoologie. Conchyliologie / J.C. Chenu

Title:
Conchyliologie
Author:
Chenu, Jean Charles 1808-1879  Search this
Illustrator:
Prêtre, Jean Gabriel  Search this
Printer:
Rémond, N.  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[4], viii, 364 p., 12 leaves of plates : ill. (wood engravings, engravings) ; 27 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1847
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Call number:
QL403 .C52 1847
QL403.C52 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384278

Classes Conchyliorum / auctore Carolo Augusto de Bergen ..

Title:
Classes Conchyliorvm
Author:
Bergen, Carl August von 1704-1759?  Search this
Former owner:
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Cuvier, Georges baron 1769-1832 DSI  Search this
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Charpentier, W. DSI  Search this
Lea, Isaac 1792-1886 DSI  Search this
Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (France) DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
132 p. ; 21 cm. (4to)
Type:
Classification
Early works to 1800
Date:
1760
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Call number:
QL406 .B49 1760
QL406.B49 1760
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384282

The British miscellany, or, Coloured figures of new, rare, or little known animal subjects : many not before ascertained to be inhabitants of the British Isles : and chiefly in the possession of the author, James Sowerby

Title:
British miscellany
Coloured figures of new, rare, or little known animal subjects
Author:
Sowerby, James 1757-1822  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- ,- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 v., 76 leaves of plates (2 folded) : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1806
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Call number:
QL51.2.G7 S68 1806
QL51.2.G7S68 1806
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384283

P. Gasparis Schotti, regis curtani ... Physica curiosa, sive, Mirabilia naturæ et artis libris XII. comprehensa : quibus pleraq[ue], quæ de angelis, dæmonibus, hominibus, spectris, energumenis, monstris, portentis, animalibus, meteoris, &c. rara, arcana, curiosaq[ue] circumferuntur, ad veritatis trutinam expenduntur : variis ex historia ac philosophia petitis disquisitionibus excutiuntur, & innumeris exemplis illustrantur ..

Author:
Schott, Gaspar 1608-1666  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 volumes, 57 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm. (4to)
Type:
Early works to 1800
Pre-Linnean works
Date:
1662
Topic:
Demonology  Search this
Abnormalities, Human  Search this
Monsters  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Call number:
BF1520 .S37 1662
BF1520.S37 1662
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384291

The geographical distribution of animals : with a study of the relations of living and extinct faunas as elucidating the past changes of the earth's surface / by Alfred Russel Wallace ; with maps and illustrations ; in two volumes

Author:
Wallace, Alfred Russel 1823-1913  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Mason Science College DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 v., [27] leaves of plates (3 folded) : ill., col. maps ; 22 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1876
Topic:
Zoogeography  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Geography  Search this
Call number:
QL101 .W18 1876
QL101.W18 1876
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384404

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