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Interview 11: 25 June 1986

Collection Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
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Interview 3: 12 March 1986

Collection Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
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Interview 8: 7 May 1986

Collection Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
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Interview 2: 5 March 1986

Collection Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
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Interview 6: 9 April 1986

Collection Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
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J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers, Scientific Illustrations and Photographs

Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Place:
Chile
Date:
circa 1978
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of draft text and illustrations for J. F. Gates Clarke's "Neotropical Microlepidoptera, XXI: New Genera and Species of Oecophoridae from Chile," published in Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, number 273 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978).
Topic:
Neotropical lepidoptera  Search this
Oecophoridae  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Drawings
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-123, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers, Scientific Illustrations and Photographs
Identifier:
Accession 85-123
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers

Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1920s-1980s
Descriptive Entry:
These are the professional papers documenting the career of J. F. Gates Clarke, a lepidopterist. Clarke served on the staff of the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as the Smithsonian, as a curator and Chairman of the Department of Entomology. The papers document his research on microlepidoptera; his curatorial and administrative duties; and his activities in professional societies. Materials include correspondence, notes, manuscripts, journals, field notes, photographs, slides, and negatives.
Topic:
Lepidoptera  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-037, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers
Identifier:
Accession 91-037
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J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers

Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990  Search this
Extent:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Audio cassettes
Date:
1990
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of 2 reels of 7" audiotape and one audiocassette copy of a lecture by J. F. Gates Clarke to the staff of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, on his reminiscences of his career in entomology.
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Entomologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Audio cassettes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-070, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers
Identifier:
Accession 91-070
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J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers

Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Place:
Oceania
Caribbean Area
Date:
circa 1929-1970s
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of 35 mm color slides taken by J. F. Gates Clarke on field work and personal travel. Materials include slides from field trips to the South Pacific, 1953, 1963; and the Caribbean, 1956, 1958. Also included are journals from field trips to the South Pacific, 1953, 1961; personal correspondence and documents; and photographs of J. F. Gates Clarke and his family.
Topic:
Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 93-132, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers
Identifier:
Accession 93-132
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J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers

Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1923-1990
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist of photographs of J. F. Gates Clarke and his family; correspondence concerning his work in the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History; and Clarke's World War II Army records.
Topic:
Entomologists  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-118, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) Clarke Papers
Identifier:
Accession 95-118
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Interview 5: 26 March 1986

Collection Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
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Exotic microlepidoptera, v. 1-5, Mar. 1912-Nov. 1937

Author:
Meyrick, Edward 1854-1938  Search this
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990  Search this
Physical description:
5 v. 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1912
1937
1912-1937
Topic:
Lepidoptera  Search this
Call number:
QL545 .M615 1912-37
QL545.M615 1912-37
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_186820

Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke

Creator::
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee  Search this
Extent:
16 audiotapes (Reference copies). 25 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1986
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 students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Clarke was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his distinguished scientific career, contributions as a Smithsonian administrator, and long tenure at the National Museum of Natural History. Additional information about Clarke can be found in the Records of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, and John Frederick Gates Clarke Papers, which are also housed in Smithsonian Archives.
Descriptive Entry:
The John Frederick Gates Clarke Interviews were conducted by Smithsonian Archives Historian, Pamela M. Henson, during eleven sessions from February through June 1986. They discuss his youth, education and early interest in natural history; work as a pharmacist; career as an entomologist for the USDA and NMNH; recollections of colleagues and life in the museum; program to develop the national collection of insects; reminiscences of field work; and achievements as an administrator. Box 1 contains transcripts of the interviews. Box 2 contains cassette and digital copies of the original reel-to-reel and digital preservation recordings, which are in security storage.
Historical Note:
John Frederick Gates Clarke (1905-1990) was curator of Lepidoptera in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) from 1936-1990. He was born on February 22, 1905, in Victoria, British Columbia, the son of Robert Wilson Clarke and Ida Charlotte Gates Clarke. His early interest in entomology was encouraged by a neighbor, Francis Kermonde, who directed the nearby Provincial Museum. In 1916, his family moved from Canada to Bellingham, Washington. Clarke began his college studies at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle from 1923 to 1924. He then transferred to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman and received the Ph.C. in pharmacy in 1926. He returned to WSU in 1929, receiving the B.S. in zoology in 1930 and the M.S. in entomology in 1931. He married Thelma Miesen (Clarke), a teacher, in 1929, and they had two children, John Frederick Gates Clarke, Jr., born in 1934, and Carol C. Clarke, born in 1938.

After graduation, Clarke worked as an instructor at WSU until 1935 when he began doctoral studies at Cornell University. He left graduate school in 1936, however, when he was offered a position as Entomologist for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with responsibility for the Lepidoptera collection in the United States National Museum (USNM). During his career at the USDA, Clarke was stationed in the Natural History Building (NHB) where he worked on the systematics of Macrolepidoptera and, later, Microlepidoptera. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he was detailed to the British Museum (Natural History) to describe the Edward Meyrick Collection of Lepidoptera. While in England, he received the Ph.D. in entomology from the University of London in 1949.

In 1954, Clarke transferred from the USDA to the Smithsonian, and was appointed Head Curator of the Division of Insects, Department of Zoology, NMNH. At his urging, a separate Department of Entomology was created in 1963 and he was appointed its first Chairman. During his tenure as an administrator, he oversaw the growth of staff, collections, and field work. He developed plans for a National Institute for Systematics and arranged for the move of the department to an off-Mall location.

Clarke oversaw the growth of the national collection of Lepidoptera through the acquisition of other collections and an expanded program of field collecting. He was instrumental in acquiring, among others, the Ernest H. Blackmore, Frank Morton Jones, J. Douglas Hood, Adrian Hardy Haworth and Brighton Museum collections. Clarke began collecting insects in his youth and continued an active field program throughout his life, ranging from British Columbia to the Caribbean and Latin America to the South Pacific. Major expeditions included the Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Exploration of Dominica in 1958, expeditions to Rapa in 1961 and 1963, a seventeen country trip in 1966, and an expedition to the Marquesas in 1968.

When Clarke retired from administration in 1965, he continued his research on the systematics of Microlepidoptera as Senior Entomologist in the Department of Entomology. After his retirement in 1975, he was appointed Curator Emeritus of Lepidoptera and Research Associate of the department. During the 1970s and 1980s, his field work was concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, Caribbean, and South Pacific, accompanied by Thelma Miesen Clarke until her death in 1988. In 1989, he married Nancy du Pre (Clarke). He continued his active field and research career until his death in 1990.
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Lepidoptera  Search this
Entomologists  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990 interviewee, Oral history interviews with John Frederick Gates Clarke
Identifier:
Record Unit 9555
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Verzeichniss bekannter Schmettlinge / verfasst von Jacob Hübner

Author:
Hübner, Jacob 1761-1826  Search this
Hübner, Jacob 1761-1826 Anzeiger der im Verzeichnisse bekannter Schmetterlinge Angenommenen benennungen ihrer Horden, Rotten, Stämme, Familien, Vereine und Gattungen  Search this
Hübner, Jacob 1761-1826 Tentamen determnationis digestionis atque denominationis singularum stirpium Lepidopterorum DSI  Search this
Former owner:
Bree, Gulielmus DSI  Search this
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
431, 72 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Identification
Classification
Date:
1816
1827
1816-[1827]
Topic:
Butterflies  Search this
Lepidoptera  Search this
Call number:
QL545 .H88 1816
QL545.H88 1816
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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Systematisch-alphabetisches Verzeichniss aller bisher bey den Fürbildungen zur Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge : angegebenen Gattungsbenennungen : mit Vormerkung auch augsburgischer Gattungen / von Jacob Hübner

Author:
Hübner, Jacob 1761-1826  Search this
Hübner, Jacob 1761-1826 Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge  Search this
Former owner:
Bree, Gulielmus DSI  Search this
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 81 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Indexes
Place:
Europe
Date:
1822
Topic:
Lepidoptera  Search this
Call number:
QL545 .H88 1816
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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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 ; in two volumes ; with maps and illustrations

Author:
Wallace, Alfred Russel 1823-1913  Search this
Former owner:
Schaus, William 1859-1942 DSI  Search this
Donor:
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
2 v., [27] leaves of plates (3 folded) : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1876
Topic:
Zoogeography  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Geography  Search this
Call number:
QL101 .W18 1876aX
QL101.W18 1876aX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
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Opening of "Jasper F. Cropsey 1823 - 1900" Exhibition; J. F. Gates Clarke

Creator:
Robinson, Albert J  Search this
Subject:
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1970
November 23, 1970
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1683R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Genera et index methodicus Europaeorum lepidopterorum / a doctore J.A. Boisduval

Title:
Europaeorum lepidopterorum
Index methodicus
Author:
Boisduval, Jean Alphonse 1801-1879  Search this
Former owner:
Schaus, William 1859-1942 DSI  Search this
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
vii, [3], 238 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Europe
Date:
1840
Topic:
Lepidoptera  Search this
Lepidoptera--Geographical distribution  Search this
Insects  Search this
Call number:
QL545.2 .B68 1840
QL545.2.B68
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_166687

Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expeditions (1956-1959)

Alternate Name:
Bredin-Smithsonian Caribbean Expeditions (1956-1959)  Search this
Record type:
Expedition name
Place:
Caribbean Sea
Grenadine Islands
Trinidad
Saint Lucia
Antigua
Grenada
Saint Croix
Date Range:
1956 - 1959
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Entomology  Search this
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Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977
Bredin, J. Bruce
Chace, Jr., Fenner A.
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990
May, Ernest N.
Smith, Albert C.
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Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expeditions (1956-1959)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
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Smithsonian-Bredin Expedition to Yucatan (1960)

Alternate Name:
Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expedition (1960)  Search this
Smithsonian-Bredin Expedition to Yucatan and Cayman Islands, 1960  Search this
Smithsonian-Bredin Expedition to Mayaland  Search this
Record type:
Expedition name
Place:
Mexico
Yucatán, Península de
Cozumel, Isla de
Isla Mujeres
Quintana Roo
Progreso
Caribbean Sea
Date Range:
1960 - 1960
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Botany  Search this
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Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990
Daiber, Franklin C.
Bousfield, E. L.
Rehder, H.
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Smithsonian-Bredin Expedition to Yucatan (1960)
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