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Baby Gorilla at the National Zoo

Creator:
National Zoo  Search this
Type:
Youtube videos
Uploaded:
2009-01-13T23:10:04.000Z
Topic:
Zoology;Animals;Veterinary medicine;Animal health  Search this
Youtube Category:
Pets & Animals  Search this
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SmithsonianNZP
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianNZP
Data Source:
National Zoo
EDAN-URL:
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Professional Activity Files, 1976-1994

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Biodiversity Program  Search this
Subject:
Wilson, Don E  Search this
American Society of Mammalogists  Search this
Association for Tropical Biology  Search this
Association of Systematics Collections  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Organization for Tropical Studies  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Nomenclature
Clippings
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Date:
1976
1976-1994
Topic:
Bats  Search this
Mammals  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 01-065
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2010; Transferring office; 3/22/1996 memorandum, Shimaka to Borden; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Professional Activity Files 1976-1999 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Biodiversity Program]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_229186

Records, circa 1963-1986

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary for Research  Search this
Subject:
Challinor, David  Search this
Simons, Ross B  Search this
Research Institute for Immigration and Ethnic Studies  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary for Science  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Administration  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Biological Conservation  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Fellowships and Grants  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Environmental Sciences Program  Search this
International Environmental Sciences Program  Search this
Smithsonian Science Information Exchange  Search this
Center for the Study of Man (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Smithsonian Radiation Biology Laboratory  Search this
Chesapeake Bay Center for Environmental Studies  Search this
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  Search this
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Endangered Species Scientific Authority (U.S.)  Search this
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Convention Advisory Commission  Search this
National Anthropological Film Center (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Marine Station at Link Port  Search this
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna  Search this
Physical description:
114 cu. ft. (228 document boxes)
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Collection descriptions
Maps
Manuscripts
Date:
1963
1963-1986
circa 1963-1986
Topic:
Museums--Administration  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000329
See more items in:
Budget Records 1960-1976 [Smithsonian Institution Assistant Provost for the Sciences]
Subject Files 1963-1993 [Smithsonian Institution Assistant Provost for the Sciences]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216897

Oral history interviews with S. Dillon Ripley 1977-1993

Interviewee:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Creator:
Henson, Pamela M  Search this
Subject:
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H  Search this
Hutchinson, G. Evelyn (George Evelyn) 1903-1991  Search this
Rinzler, Ralph  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Heckscher, August 1913-1997  Search this
Anacostia Museum  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)  Search this
National Museum of African Art (U.S.)  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Sackler Gallery of Art  Search this
Smithsonian Associates  Search this
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  Search this
Charles Darwin Foundation  Search this
International Council for Bird Preservation  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Peabody Museum of Natural History  Search this
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars  Search this
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Festival of American Folklife  Search this
Physical description:
48 audiotapes (Reference copies)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1977
1977-1993
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Art  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Folklife studies  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009591
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217759

Movement Patterns and Habitat Utilization of Ungulates in Ceylon

Author:
Walther, Fritz R.  Search this
Geist, Valerius  Search this
McKay, G. M.  Search this
Eisenberg, John F.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1974
Topic:
Zoology  Search this
Animals  Search this
Veterinary medicine  Search this
Animal health  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_93553

S. Dillon Ripley Papers, 1913-1993 and undated, with related materials from 1807, 1871-1891

Creator:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Uniform title:
Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan  Search this
Rails of the World  Search this
Subject:
Ali, Sálim 1896-1987  Search this
Lansdowne, J. Fenwick (James Fenwick) 1937-2008  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Charles Darwin Foundation  Search this
International Council for Bird Preservation  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Yale University  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Peabody Museum of Natural History  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary  Search this
Physical description:
97.69 cu. ft. (79 record storage boxes) (33 document boxes) (6 half document boxes) (1 16x20 box) (oversize material)
Culture:
Portraits  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Date:
1807
1807-1993
1913-1993 and undated, with related materials from 1807, 1871-1891
Topic:
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU007008
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted indefinitely
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217208

The pilot : newsletter of the marine mammal action plan

Author:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
United Nations Environment Programme  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1987
1987-
Topic:
Marine mammals  Search this
Wildlife conservation  Search this
Call number:
QL713.2 .P55
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510351

Helmut Karl Buechner Papers

Creator::
Buechner, Helmut K. (Helmut Karl)  Search this
Extent:
32.72 cu. ft. (31 record storage boxes) (4 12x17 boxes) (1 oversize folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Maps
Manuscripts
Clippings
Field notes
Sound recordings
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1939-1975
Descriptive Entry:
For the most part, these papers document Buechner's primary research interest, the ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, with emphasis on relationships to vegetation and social behavior. Included are Buechner's research on the pronghorn antelope, which contains field notes, journals, photographs, and reports to the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Unit, which sponsored Buechner's research; a study of elk and deer in relation to livestock and range in the Blue Mountains region of southeastern Washington, 1949-1960; and research on the bighorn sheep, 1954-1960, which contains correspondence with personnel at the bighorn sheep animal refuges, photographs, field notes, journal, and a manuscript of Buechner's book, The Bighorn Sheep in the United States, Its Past, Present, and Future, 1959.

From 1956 to 1958, Buechner, as a Fulbright Scholar, conducted research in Uganda, on the elephant census and migration, the relationship of elephants to vegetation at Murchison Falls National Park, and reproduction of the Uganda kob. These papers include reports on aerial counts of elephants, photographs, field data and notes.

During Buechner's stay in Uganda, he became interested in the unique territorial and mating behavior of the Uganda kob. Buechner made trips to Uganda's Toro Game Reserve to study the Uganda kob in 1959, 1962-1963, and 1972. Materials documenting these trips include maps, field observation data, transcriptions, audio recordings, photographs, machine readable data and analytical computations of kob movements by Buechner and H. Daniel Roth, 1965-1972.

In addition, these papers contain photographs documenting Buechner's study of the ibex in Switzerland, taken when Buechner was consultant to the Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research during the summer of 1961; a report when Buechner was consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to study the elephants in relation to the Tana River Irrigation Project in Kenya in 1965; and reports when Buechner was consultant to Troy Meadows, in 1966, and to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, in 1970, (both are located in New Jersey) to study the environmental impact of animals in relation to land within the parks.

Additional material documents Buechner's feasibility studies on tracking free-roaming animals, such as elk, with the Interrogation Recording Location System (IRLS) satellite, 1969-1971, and includes incoming correspondence critical of the project, manuscripts, progress reports, and photographs; and a study of Indian rhinoceros mating behavior at the NZP, 1972, which led to the first successful live birth of this species in the Western Hemisphere, 1974, and includes photographs, tape recordings, and transcripts of observations made by volunteers and National Zoo staff.

Other materials contained in these papers include general correspondence, mostly with university faculty, conservationists, park wardens, and naturalists, pertaining to Buechner's research; reading files, 1968-1972; Buechner's school notes and term papers when he was a student, 1939-1947; lecture material when Buechner taught herpetology at Texas A&M College, 1947; research proposal evaluations Buechner did for the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society; handbook written in conjunction with Lee H. Talbot for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; survey on usefulness of night vision devices; Buechner's proposed research projects at Washington State College (University); materials pertaining to various zoological and conservation organizations; theses by Buechner's former students; articles, abstracts, and book reviews written or co-authored by Buechner; information on projects in Ceylon, Israel, and Korea when Buechner was the head of the Office of Ecology; diplomas and certificates; audio recordings on elk immobilization, 1972, Earth Week Symposium, 1969, and a Panel on the Environment and Development, undated; group photographs of professional scientific organization meetings; Buechner's family photographs; photographs of NZP; and oversize material consisting of blueprints of the new deer area at NZP, 1972, and charts and graphs.
Historical Note:
Helmut Karl Buechner (1918-1975) was born in Scotia, New York. He received his B.S. degree from New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse University in 1941, and his M.S. degree from Texas A&M College, College Station in 1943. After completing military service, Buechner continued his education at Texas A&M College. For his Ph.D. thesis, Buechner did research on the range ecology of the pronghorn antelope in the Trans-Pecos region in southwest Texas, 1946-1947. Buechner taught herpetology at Texas A&M College during the Fall of 1947. In 1948, Buechner transferred to Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1949. From 1948-1965, Buechner taught zoology and botany at Washington State College (now University), Pullman. In 1965, Buechner joined the Smithsonian Institution as the first director of the Office of Ecology. Buechner was Senior Ecologist for the Office of Environmental Sciences, 1969-1972, and from 1972 to 1975, he was Senior Ecologist for the National Zoological Park (NZP).
Topic:
Ecology  Search this
Mammalogy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Maps
Manuscripts
Clippings
Field notes
Sound recordings
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7279
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7279
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International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN), 1970-1972

Collection Creator::
Buechner, Helmut K. (Helmut Karl)  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 35
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7279, Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
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Helmut Karl Buechner Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7279-refidd1e2133

Centres of plant diversity : a guide and strategy for their conservation / edited by S.D. Davis, V.H. Heywood, and A.C. Hamilton

Author:
Davis, Stephen D  Search this
Heywood, V. H (Vernon Hilton) 1927-  Search this
Hamilton, A. C (Alan Charles) 1945-  Search this
World Wide Fund for Nature  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Subject:
Centres of Plant Diversity (Project)  Search this
Physical description:
3 volumes : illustrations, maps ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
1997
1994-1997
Topic:
Centers of plant diversity  Search this
Plant diversity conservation  Search this
Call number:
QK86.A1 C39 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_476917

Un encuentro necesario : el manejo de la vida silvestre y sus regulaciones juridicas : análisis centroamericano / editado por Lic. Patricia Madrigal Cordero, M. Sc Vivienne Solís Rivera

Title:
Manejo de la vida silvestre y sus regulaciones juridicas
Author:
Madrigal C., Patricia  Search this
Solís Rivera, Vivienne  Search this
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources  Search this
Programa de Vida Silvestre (El Salvador)  Search this
Physical description:
471 pages ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Central America
Latin America
Date:
1994
Topic:
Forest conservation--Law and legislation  Search this
Sustainable forestry--Law and legislation  Search this
Call number:
SD414.C35 E63 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1102006

Folder 4 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1964-1970

Collection Creator::
Myers, George S. (George Sprague), 1905-1985  Search this
Container:
Box 22 of 64
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7317, George Sprague Myers Papers
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George Sprague Myers Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7317-refidd1e3695

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Collection Creator:
Society for Marine Mammalogy  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Box 3 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-123, Society for Marine Mammalogy, Records
See more items in:
Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa91-123-refd1e326

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC)

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Service and Protocol  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 91-019, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Service and Protocol, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa91-019-refd1e612

Professional Activity Files

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History, Biodiversity Program  Search this
Extent:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Date:
1976-1994
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the professional activities and official travel of the Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Biodiversity Program, Don E. Wilson, 1990-2000. The bulk of the material relates to Wilson's participation in meetings regarding bat research. Records created prior to 1990 were created and transferred by Wilson upon his assumption of the Directorship. Materials include meeting and conference materials, reports, brochures, correspondence, agendas, minutes, and newsletters.

Professional organizations mentioned in these records include: the American Society of Mammalogists; the Organization for Tropical Studies; the Association for Tropical Biology; the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; and the Association of Systematic Collections.
Topic:
Bats  Search this
Mammals  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Zoology -- Nomenclature  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-065, National Museum of Natural History, Biodiversity Program, Professional Activity Files
Identifier:
Accession 01-065
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Professional Activity Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa01-065

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)

Collection Creator:
National Museum of Natural History, Biodiversity Program  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-065, National Museum of Natural History, Biodiversity Program, Professional Activity Files
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Professional Activity Files
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa01-065-refd1e149

Challinor, David, TX500539 - International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Office of International Relations  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2013; Transferring office; 11/22/2000 memorandum, Johnstone to Epps; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-030, Smithsonian Institution, Office of International Relations, Grant Records
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Grant Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa01-030-refd1e1375

Folder 3 International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1971

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution,Office of International Programs  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 274, Smithsonian Institution,Office of International Programs, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0274-refd1e261

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1970-1973

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Science  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 108, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary for Science, Records
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0108-refd1e1886

James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians

Creator:
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
6.1 linear meters.
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1927-1973 (Papers), 1927-1966 (Records)
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These papers include both personal and professional correspondence and documents relating to Peters' academic and curatorial careers. Also included are files of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians maintained by Peters' predecessor, Doris Mable Cochran (1898-1968). Correspondents include Jorge W. Abalos, M. Acosta-Solis, Kraig Kerr Adler, Villy Aellen, E. Ross Allen, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Medical Association, American Museum of Natural History, American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists, Steven C. Anderson, Attilio Arillo, Ralph W. Axtell, James P. Bacon, Jr., Gladys C. Banks, Benjamin Harrison Banta, Avelino Barrio, J. C. Battersby, Nina Battersby, Pauline Becker, William Beebe, Beitrage Zur Neotropischen Fauna, Ronald E. Beltz, Paul A. Benson, Frederick Henry Berry, Bio Instrumentation Advisory Council, Sherman Chauncey Bishop, Richard Eliot Blackwelder, Frieda Cobb Blanchard, Ellen Gillespie Block, Charles Mitchell Bogert, James Erwin Bohlke, Werner C. A. Bokermann, Donald D. Brand, Ronald A. Brandon, Bayard Holmes Brattstrom, British Herpetological Society, Donald G. Broadley, L. D. Brongersma, Garnett Ryland Brooks, Jr., John Langdon Brooks, Bryce Cardigan Brown, Frederick Martin Brown, Brown University, Walter Creighton Brown, Maria Buchinger, W. Leslie Burger, A. C. J. Burgers, Charles Earle Burt, William Henry Burt, Robert A. Burton, R. Bruce Bury, Fred Ray Cagle, Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Society, Luis F. Capurro, Dennis S. Carlson, Nan V. Carson, Center for Tropical Studies, University of Michigan, Herman Burleigh Chase, The Chicago Herpetological Society, William M. Clay, Doris Mable Cochran, Nathan Wolf Cohen, Roger Conant, John M. Condit, Congreso Latinamericano de Zoologia, Joseph F. Copp, Robert Copping, Raymond B. Cowles, David Crane, John Davis, Paul E. P. Deraniyagala, Philip H. Derse, Michael W. Dix, James R. Dixon, Roberto Donoso-Barrios (Ref.), Armando Dugand, Roy Frederick Dulin, Jr., Ann Dunham, Emmet Reid Dunn, Delbert G. Easton, Richard A. Edgren, Jr., Lloyd C. Emmons, Francis Cope Evans, Lee C. Finneran, Harvey Irvin Fisher, Henry Sheldon Fitch, Alvin Godfrey Flury, William I. Follett, Keith E. Friedel, John W. Funkhouser, Jose M. Gallardo, Sidney Roland Galler, Carl Gans, Joseph Francis Gennaro, Jr., Howard Kay Gloyd, Coleman Jett Goin, Stanley W. Gorham, Joseph B. Gorman, Chapman Grant, Arthur Merwin Greenhall, Arnold B. Grobman, Eugene Raymond Hall, Rogers D. Hamilton, William John Hamilton, Jr., Garry P. Harned, Francis Harper, Ernest William Hartung, Norman Edouard Hartweg, Werner George Heim, Herpetologists' League, William Atwood Hilton, Richard L. Hoffman, Alphonse Richard Hoge, Theodore Huntington Hubbell, Carl Leavitt Hubbs, Richard G. Hubler, Don Hunsaker II, Victor H. Hutchinson, Robert F. Inger, Instituto Butantan, Instituto Panamericano de Geografia e Historia, International Association For Systematic Zoology, International Biological Programme, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, International Herpetology Society, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Hernando de Irmay, David Lee Jameson, Rolf A. Jensen, Junior Herpetological Society, Brahma S. Kaushiva, Hugh Lawrence Keegan, Laurence Monroe Klauber, Robert Elroy Kuntz, Ernest Albert Lachner, Abdem Ramon Lancini, David A. Langebartel, Carlos M. Larrea, Ronald Lawson, David S. Lee, Donald L. Lehmann, Roberto Levi-Castillo, Alan E. Leviton, Lizard Ecology Symposium, Long Island Herpetological Society, Richard Biggar Loomis, Francis X. Lueth, Douglas MacGregor, Thomas J. McIntyre, Rogers McVaugh, Beni Charan Mahendra, M. Maldonado-Koerdell, Guillermo Mann, Romeo John Mansueti, Paul Schultz Martin, Kevin W. Marx, The Maryland Herpetological Society, Ernst Mayr, Giles W. Mead, John Stephen Mecham, Daniel Merriman, Robert Rush Miller, Eunice Thomas Miner, Francis J. Mitchell, Erna Mohr, John Alexander Moore, George Sprague Myers, National Geographic Society, Walter Ludwig Necker, Wilfred T. Neill, Morris Graham Netting, New York Herpetological Society, Norman Dennis Newell, Clifford Raymond Noll, Jr., Kenneth Stafford Norris, The Ohio Herpetological Society, James Arthur Oliver, The Orange County Herpetological Society, Gustavo Orces, Braulio Orejas-Miranda (Ref.), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Paris), Organization of American States, Lourdes G. Ortega, Juan Jose Parodiz, Georges Pasteur, Dennis R. Paulson, Raymond Andrew Paynter, Jr., James A. Peters, Philadelphia Herpetological Society, David Pimentel, Richard A. Pimentel, Ivo Poglayen-Neuwall, Friedrich Polz, Clifford Hillhouse Pope, Primer Congreso Sudamericano de Zoologia, George B. Rabb, A. Stanley Rand, Neil Dwight Richmond, William J. Riemer, Philip C. Ritterbush, Robert Maar Roecker, Alfred S. Romer, Douglas Anthon Rossman, Barry Rothman, Norma Rothman, Janis A. Roze, Rodolfo Ruibal, Findlay Ewing Russell, Richard W. Russell, Jay M. Savage, Scandinavian Herpetological Society, Herbert Schifter, Karl Patterson Schmidt, Waldo Lasalle Schmitt, Albert Schwartz, Frederick A. Shannon, Charles E. Shaw, Hurst Hugh Shoemaker, R. K. Shrivastava, Charles Gald Sibley, Allan J. Sloan, Paul Slud (Ref.), Hobart Muir Smith, Philip W. Smith, Richard Craine Snyder, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Zoology, Paul Soderberg, The Southern California Academy of Sciences, Southwestern Herpetologists Society, James Juan Spillett, Leonhard Stejneger, Othmar Stemmler, Terry B. Stevenson, William H. Stickel, Laurence Cooper Stuart, Bogdan Sturgen, The Systematics Association, Michael J. Takos, James R. Tamsitt, Wilmer W. Tanner, Aaron M. Taub, Edward H. Taylor, The Tennessee Herpetological Society, E. Titschack, Enrico Tortonese, Robert G. Tuck, Jr., Frederick Brown Turner, Michael J. Tyler, Emil K. Urban, Thomas Marshall Uzzell, Jose Valencia, Stefan Vancea, Paulo Emilio Vanzolini, Jaime D. Villa, Virginia Herpetological Society, John Visser, Zdenek Vogel, Harold K. Voris, Helmuth O. Wagner, David Burton Wake, Charles Frederic Walker, Warren Franklin Walker, Jr., Harlan D. Walley, The Washington Biologists' Field Club, Inc., Robert G. Webb, William Weber (Ref.), John E. Werler, Heinz Wermuth, Yehudah L. Werner, Dawn Xavier Weston, Jr., Kenneth L. Williams, Richard Willnow, James Walter Wilson, Larry David Wilson, Gaston-Francois de Witte, Allyn L. Wood, Lindsay W. Wood, Albert Hazen Wright (Ref.), John W. Wright, David Zaid, William Zipperer, The Zoological Society of London, George R. Zug, Richard George Zweifel.
Historical Note:
James A. Peters was born in Durant, Iowa on July 13, 1922. He developed an interest in herpetology as a teenager, which culminated in the acquisition of three academic degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., 1948; M.A., 1950; Ph.D., 1952). While at the University of Michigan he served as a research assistant in the Museum of Zoology (1946-1952) and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Zoology (1952). After receiving his Ph.D., Peters joined the staff of Brown University (1952-1958), advancing from instructor to assistant professor. During the summer of 1956 he was a research associate at Stanford University. From 1958 to 1959 Peters was a Fulbright Lecturer at the Universidad Centrale de Ecuador; he was a visiting professor at Southern Illinois University for the summer of 1959 and accepted an associate professorship at San Fernando Valley State College (SFVSC) in the fall of that year. Peters advanced to full professor at SFVSC, remaining there until February 1964 when he accepted the position of associate curator in the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians of the United States National Museum. He assumed the title "supervisor and curator" of the Division in FY 1967, a title he held until FY 1971. He was named curator, Division of Reptiles and Amphibians in FY 1971 and held that position until his death on December 18, 1972.

James A. Peters' professional responsibilities included membership in many scientific societies. He attended his first meeting of the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) in 1939. He later served on the Board of Governors and various committees. He also served as ASIH secretary (1960-1966); vice-president (1967); and president (1970). He also held advisory or elected positions with the Society of Systematic Zoology, the Southern California Academy of Sciences, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Biological Society of Washington. Within the Smithsonian Peters continued his professional responsibilities by service on the Zoo Research Advisory Committee (National Zoological Park), the Planning Committee for Summer Seminar in Systematics, the Steering Committee for the First International Congress of Systematic Zoology, the International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, the Reptile Group of the Survival Service Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the American Alligator Council, and the Rare and Endangered Species Committee of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife. In 1965 he inaugurated the Smithsonian Herpetological Information Services, which distributed informative material deemed useful to herpetologists but unsuitable for publication, e.g., bibliographies, indices, etc.

The herpetology and zoogeography of Latin America became main subjects of interest for Peters after he did field work on the Mexican Plateau in 1949 and in Michoacan in 1950. His concentration on Ecuador was largely due to the wide scope of biogeographical faunal comparisons available in the Andes Mountains. While completing his doctoral work on the snakes of the subfamily Dipsadinae, he embarked in 1952 upon a long-term research project on the herpetology of Ecuador that resulted in twenty-one published papers. The culmination of his Latin American work was the two-volume Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata co-authored with Braulio Orjas-Miranda and Roberto Donoso-Barrios (1970). Over 100 scientific publications are attributed to James A. Peters, including two books, Classic Papers in Genetics (ed., 1959) and Dictionary of Herpetology (1964). He described seventeen new species or subspecies and had five taxa, four Neotropical amphibians and reptiles, and one snake named for him.

The computer analysis of biogeographic data greatly enhanced Peters' study of the systematics and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. An effective use of this technique was the gathering of comparative cardiac physiology of Ecuadorian snakes and lizards using data obtained from an electrocardiograph. Identification of specimens was another field adaptable to the use of computer technology. In this area of interest Peters developed computer programs that facilitated the identification process by searching on a larger constellation of characters than had previously been employed. Eleven papers were published from 1968 to 1973 on the subject of computer usage. He also founded the newsletter MUDPIE (Museum and University Data Program and Information Exchange) which contained information about computer programs, references, grants, meetings, and related news.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7175, Peters, James Arthur, 1922-, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
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