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Correspondence

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Type:
Correspondence
Made in:
USA
Catalogue Status:
Research in Progress
Description:
Correspondence with Gadred Weavers.
Credit Line:
Gift of the Estate of Ethel Chase
Accession Number:
1969-26-9
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Correspondence

view Correspondence digital asset: https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/18903/ent_FCT_31a.pdf
Author:
Thompson, F. Christian
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1978
Citation:
Antenna, 2(3): 69
Topic:
Entomology
Insects
Natural History
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Entomology
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries

Correspondence, 1993-2000

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Creator:
Lemelson Center
Subject:
Molella, Arthur P. 1944-
Klose, Claudine
Physical description:
1.25 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 half document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Date:
1993
1993-2000
Summary:
This accession includes correspondence documenting administrative decision-making, development and execution of Lemelson Center activities, events, exhibitions, and programs. Materials primarily include the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Arthur P. Molella, Director, 1995- ; and, Claudine Klose, Program Manager, 1995- .
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA Acc. 03-115
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Correspondence 1993-2014 [Lemelson Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1994-2014

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Creator:
Lemelson Center
Subject:
Molella, Arthur P. 1944-
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Dept. of the History of Science and Technology
Physical description:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Compact discs
Digital versatile discs
Electronic records
Date:
1994
1994-2014
Summary:
This accession consists of correspondence documenting administrative decision-making, development and execution of Lemelson Center activities, events, exhibitions, and programs. Materials primarily include the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Arthur P. Molella, Director, 1995-2015. Some materials are in electronic format. Some records date from when Molella was the Department Chair of the Department of History of Science and Technology, National Museum of American History.
Topic:
Inventions
Inventors
Museums--Educational aspects
Science--Study and teaching
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA Acc. 15-270
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Correspondence 1993-2015 [Lemelson Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1894-1903

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Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants
Subject:
Pollard, Charles Louis 1872-1945
United States National Herbarium
United States Department of Agriculture
Physical description:
2.08 cu. ft. (3 document boxes) (1 tall document box)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1894
1894-1903
Summary:
These records are the official files of Charles Louis Pollard (1872-1945) as Assistant Curator of the Division of Botany, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1894-1895, and the Division of Plants, United States National Museum (USNM), 1895-1903. Pollard also edited Plant World from 1899 to 1907.
These records document the activities of both divisions, as well as Pollard's scientific and administrative activities from 1894 to 1903. The records of both divisions have been maintained together and contain incoming and outgoing correspondence with botanists, entomologists, horticulturists, USDA and USNM administrative staff; foresters and colleagues; seed laboratories; and natural history and scientific societies. The correspondence chiefly concerns the examination, identification, collection, and exchange of botanical specimens, especially violets, mosses, grasses, ferns, fern-like plants, food plants, herbs, shrubs, and trees.
The correspondence also includes accession lists, annual reports, requests and approvals for field work, nomenclatorial work, and routine correspondence in reference to the publication of Plant World and other publications concerning botanical specimens. Also included are some of Pollard's manuscripts: "New American Specied of Chamaecrista"; "A new Violet from New Jersey"; "The Genus Oxytria of Rafinesque"; and "The Two Violets."
Topic:
Botany
Local number:
SIA RU000222
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Correspondence 1870-1955 [United States National Museum Division of Plants]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1843-1887

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1865
1865-1879
1843-1887
Summary:
These secretarial records apparently were separated from the main series before the latter were bound.
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000032
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1887-1907

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Hodgkins Fund
Smithsonian Institution Advisory Committee on Printing and Publication
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
National Zoological Park (U.S.)
Physical description:
24.38 cu. ft. (43 document boxes) (144 microfilm reels)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1887
1887-1907
Notes:
Shortly after Samuel P. Langley became Secretary, a new system of organizing outgoing correspondence was devised. Some of the records have not survived to the present; hence, there are gaps in series numbers.
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000034
Restrictions:
(1) Deteriorating letterpress affects legibility; (2) record unit partially microfilmed
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1882-1890

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Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary
Subject:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Smithsonian Institution Administration
Physical description:
9.50 cu. ft. (19 document boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1882
1882-1890
Summary:
This record unit consists of incoming correspondence. It is arranged alphabetically, including a major subheading for government. Each volume is indexed individually, and bound indexes to registers, April 30, 1883 to December 31, 1886 are found in Record Unit 36. Access is mostly by proper name in each case.
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU000030
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Correspondence 1863-1971 [Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1913-1936

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Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art Superintendent of Construction
Subject:
Bundy, John
Freer Gallery of Art Building
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Date:
1913
1913-1936
Summary:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by John Bundy, Superintendent, 1921-1939, documenting the construction and design of the Freer Gallery of Art building as well as materials needed for the building and costs incurred. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence, telegrams, account statements, agreements, and sketches.
Topic:
Museum buildings
Architectural design
Building
Art, Asian
Art museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 02-027
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Correspondence 1913-1936 [Freer Gallery of Art Superintendent of Construction]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1901-1954

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Creator:
United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology
Subject:
Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977
True, Frederick William 1858-1914
Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-
United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology
United States National Museum Department of Biology
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. (3 document boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1901
1901-1954
Notes:
The Department of Biology was formed during the reorganization of the United States National Museum in 1897. At that time, the various departments in the biological sciences became divisions and the department was set up as the organizational unit controlling those divisions. The first Head Curator was Frederick William True who served from 1897 to 1911. In 1911, Leonhard Stejneger became Head Curator and held that position until his death in 1943. Waldo LaSalle Schmitt was the last Head Curator of the Department and served until its separation in 1947 into the Departments of Zoology and Botany. Schmitt continued as Head Curator of Zoology and Ellsworth Paine Killip was appointed Head Curator of Botany.
Summary:
The correspondence in this record unit contains only a portion of the correspondence of the two Departments. Other material relating to the Department of Biology can be found in the Frederick William True Papers, record unit 7181, and the Leonhard Stejneger Papers, record unit 7074.
Topic:
Zoology
Local number:
SIA RU000143
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Correspondence 1901-1964 [United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1878-1906

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Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Insects
Subject:
Ashmead, William H (William Harris) 1855-1908
Howard, L. O (Leland Ossian) 1857-1950
Riley, Charles V (Charles Valentine) 1843-1895
Smith, John Bernhard 1858-1912
United States Department of Agriculture
United States National Museum
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1878
1878-1906
Notes:
The Smithsonian Institution, prior to 1882, confined its activities in entomology to the distribution of specimens to workers in the field and the publication of their research. Many of the specimens eventually were deposited with the United States Department of Agriculture which the Smithsonian had designated as repository for the collections in 1874. The need for better curation of the collection led to the appointment of the Department of Agriculture Entomologist, Charles Valentine Riley, as Honorary Curator of Insects and to the transfer of the collection to the United States National Museum in 1882. Riley's successor at the Agriculture Department, Leland Ossian Howard, became Honorary Curator on Riley's death in 1895 and held the post until his own death in 1950. Other entomologists from Agriculture also served frequently as custodians of various parts of the collection.
In addition to the Department of Agriculture staff, the Museum also appointed a number of curators in the Division of Insects. For the time period covered by these records, those curators included John Bernhard Smith, Assistant Curator, 1886-1889, and William Harris Ashmead, Assistant Curator, 1897-1908.
Summary:
These records are the official incoming correspondence for the Division of Insects regarding determination, acquisition and loan of specimens, and other scientific matters.
Topic:
Entomology
Local number:
SIA RU000138
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Correspondence 1878-1963 [United States National Museum Division of Insects]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1870-1893

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Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants
Subject:
Vasey, George
Cammon, C. A
Loring, George Bailey 1817-1891
Rusk, Jeremiah McLain 1830-1893
Watts, Frederick
Willits Mr (Edwin) 1830-1896
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928
Dewey, Lyster H (Lyster Hoxie) 1865-1944
Torrey, John 1796-1873
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
Parry, Charles Christopher 1823-1890
Ward, Lester Frank 1841-1913
United States Experimental Grass and Forage Station (Garden City, Kansas)
United States Department of Agriculture
United States National Herbarium
Physical description:
11 cu. ft. (21 document boxes) (25 microfilm reels)
Type:
Letterpress copybooks
Collection descriptions
Date:
1870
1870-1893
Notes:
The foundations of the present Department of Botany of the National Museum of Natural History are the extensive collections of plants gathered by the government exploring expeditions of the 1800s and those assembled by the United States Department of Agriculture in connection with its investigations. The Smithsonian had original control of the specimens collected by the expeditions, and these were forwarded to John Torrey at Columbia College in New York, who had offered to house and prepare the collections without remuneration. When Torrey returned the specimens in 1868, lack of facilities and manpower led Joseph Henry to arrange for the Department of Agriculture to act as repository for the collections. There it was merged with the existing collections of the Department. Charles Christopher Parry was named Botanist of the Department of Agriculture in 1868 to care for the collection and served until 1871. George Vasey was appointed Botanist and Curator of the National Herbarium in 1872.
Lester Frank Ward, who had been appointed Honorary Curator of Fossil Plants in the United States National Museum in 1881, put together another collection of plants for comparison with his fossil specimens. This collection grew to the point where Ward was also named Honorary Curator of the Department of Recent Plants in 1885. In 1889, Vasey was given charge of the collection and appointed Honorary Curator of the Department of Botany. He retained this title until his death in 1893.
In 1894, arrangements were made by Frederick Vernon Coville, Vasey's successor, to have the collections housed at Agriculture moved to the Museum. There they were merged with Ward's collection although transfer of appropriations and personnel did not occur until 1896. Since that time, administration of the United States National Herbarium has come from the United States National Museum's Division of Plants and its successors.
Summary:
Most of these records are the official files of George Vasey as Botanist of the United States Department of Agriculture and Curator of the United States National Herbarium from 1872 to 1893. They include incoming and occasional outgoing correspondence, mostly to Vasey, but sometimes to Jeremiah M. Rusk, Secretary of Agriculture; Edwin Willits, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture; Frederick Watts and George B. Loring, Commissioners of the Department of Agriculture; and C. A. Cammon, Assistant Commissioner of the Department. All correspondence was referred to Vasey for response; and he either answered it himself or referred it to one of the Assistant Botanists, Joseph Nelson Rose, Frederick Vernon Coville, or Lyster Hoxie Dewey. Correspondents include leading United States and foreign botanists; colleagues; directors and curators of United States and foreign herbaria; custodians of botanical nurseries; naturalists; plant collectors; dealers in patent medicines; feed companies; seed growers; ranchers; farmers; geological surveys of the United States and Canada; Department of Agriculture staff members and administrative officers; Smithsonian Institution administrators; newspaper publishers and editors; scientific societies; the United States Experimental Grass and Forage Station at Garden City, Kansas; and in particular, botanists from the agricultural and mining colleges and their agricultural experiment stations.
This record unit contains requests for botanical specimens and seeds; determination, identification, and description of plants, grasses, and seeds, requests for plants to protect embankments; purchase of specimens; transfer of specimens to the National Herbarium; exchange of plant collections; lists of specimens in herbaria; information on plant collection methods; collecting in the field; botanical experiments; publishing taxonomies and other articles on botanical collections; requests for Department of Agriculture publications on American grasses; requests for Smithsonian publications; requests by Vasey for botanical publications; Smithsonian requests for material regarding the National Herbarium for its Annual Report; requests for jobs with the Department of Agriculture; staff salary increases and transfers of staff members; activities of colleagues and their collections; personal matters; and drafts of manuscripts.
Also included are outgoing letterpress correspondence from Vasey, administrative officers of the Department of Agriculture, and Assistant Botanists regarding the above subjects.
Topic:
Botany
Local number:
SIA RU000220
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Correspondence 1870-1955 [United States National Museum Division of Plants]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1989-1990

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Physical description:
2.5 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1989
1989-1990
Summary:
This accession consists of the correspondence of the Department of Aeronautics. It includes correspondence with people, correspondence with other museums, and correspondence with international organizations.
Topic:
Museum curators
Aeronautics
Aeronautical museums
Local number:
SIA Acc. 94-012
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1991-1992

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Dept. of Aeronautics
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1991
1991-1992
Summary:
This accession consists of the FY 1992 correspondence files of the Department of Aeronautics.
Topic:
Aeronautics
Museum curators
Local number:
SIA Acc. 96-054
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1977-1981

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Crustacea
Subject:
Cressey, Roger F. 1930-
Bowman, Thomas E
Manning, Raymond B (Raymond Brendan) 1934-2000
Barnard, J. Laurens (Jerry Laurens) 1928-1991
Kornicker, Louis S. 1919-
Kensley, Brian Frederick
Child, C. Allan
Hart, C. W
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Crustacea
Crustacean Society
Physical description:
4.5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1977
1977-1981
Summary:
These records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the curatorial staff of the Division of Crustacea. The correspondence concerns the identification, acquisition, and exchange of specimens; preparation and review of scientific papers and monographs; professional activities of the staff, especially involvement in The Crustacean Society; review of grant proposals; and divisional administration. Curators represented in the correspondence include Thomas E. Bowman, Raymond B. Manning, J. Laurens Barnard, Roger F. Cressey, Jr., Louis S. Kornicker, Brian F. Kensley, and C. W. Hart. Also included is correspondence of Museum Specialist C. Allan Child.
Topic:
Crustacea
Invertebrate zoology
Marine invertebrates
Local number:
SIA RU000414
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Correspondence 1962-1999 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Crustacea]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1960-1989

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mineralogy
Subject:
Desautels, Paul E
White, John Sampson 1933-
Arem, Joel E. 1943-
Appleman, Daniel E
Post, Jeffrey Edward
Dunn, Pete J
Physical description:
14.5 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1960
1960-1989
Summary:
This record unit consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence and memoranda documenting the operation of the Division of Mineralogy primarily from 1971 to 1989. The correspondence concerns the acquisition of collections, identification of specimens, research and professional activities of the staff, requests for information, and divisional administration.
Most of the correspondence was carried out by Paul E. Desautels, Associate Curator, 1963-1973, and Curator, 1973-1983; John S. White, Jr., Museum Specialist, 1963-1974, Associate Curator, 1974-1984, and Curator, 1984- ; and Pete J. Dunn, Museum Specialist, 1973- . Smaller amounts of correspondence were created by Joel E. Arem, Crystallographer, 1971-1974; Daniel E. Appleman, Crystallographer, 1974- ; and Jeffrey E. Post, Associate Curator, 1984- .
Topic:
Mineralogy
Local number:
SIA RU000421
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Correspondence 1960-1989 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mineralogy]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1981-2005

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division
Subject:
Davies, R. E. G (Ronald Edward George)
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1981
1981-2005
Summary:
This accession consists of professional correspondence between R. E. G. Davies, Curator of Air Transport, and historians, museum professionals, aviation organizations, corporations, and the general public. Materials include outgoing correspondence and an index of individual letters.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Museum curators
Aeronautics, Commercial--History
Local number:
SIA Acc. 15-290
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1997-1999

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Creator:
National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division
Subject:
Alison, Tom
Cochrane, Dorothy
Crouch, Tom D
Davies, R. E. G (Ronald Edward George)
Hardesty, Von 1939-
Jakab, Peter L
Lee, Russell 1956-
Neufeld, Michael J. 1951-
Pisano, Dominick 1943-
Van der Linden, F. Robert
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1997
1997-1999
Summary:
Consists of records documenting the history of aeronautics, NASM exhibitions, and professional activities of the curators. Correspondents include Tom D. Crouch, Chairman; Tom Alison, Curator; Dorothy Cochrane, Curator; R. E. G. Davies, Curator of Air Transport; Von Hardesty, Curator of Soviet Aviation; Peter L. Jakab, Curator; Russell Lee, Curator; Michael J. Neufeld, Curator; Dominick Pisano, Curator of the Social Impact of Flight; and F. Robert Van der Linden, Curator of Air Transport. Materials include correspondence and memoranda.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums
Museum curators
Local number:
SIA Acc. 03-077
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Correspondence 1965-2005 [National Air and Space Museum (U.S.) Aeronautics Division]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1920-2007

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Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mollusks
Physical description:
13 cu. ft. (13 record storage boxes)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Date:
1920
1920-2007
Summary:
This accession consists of incoming and outgoing divisional correspondence concerning specimen identification, data exchanges, manuscripts, grant proposals, exhibits, and other activities of the Division of Mollusks.
Topic:
Invertebrates
Marine invertebrates
Mollusks
Zoology
Zoologists
Local number:
SIA Acc. 08-172
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Correspondence 1858-1982 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mollusks]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Correspondence, 1909-1963

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Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Insects
Subject:
Aldrich, John Merton 1866-1934
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990
Chapin, Edward Albert 1894-
Crawford, James Chamberlain
United States Department of Agriculture
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Entomology
United States National Museum
United States National Museum Dept. of Zoology
Physical description:
17 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1909
1909-1963
Notes:
The Department of Entomology was organized in the United States National Museum in July 1963. Prior to that time, it was the Division of Insects of the Department of Zoology. For the administrative history of the Division of Insects, see record units 138 and 139. Curators represented in these records include James Chamberlain Crawford, Assistant and Associate Curator 1908-1919; John Merton Aldrich, Associate Curator, 1919-1934; Edward Albert Chapin, Curator, 1934-1954; and John Frederick Gates Clarke, Curator, 1954-1963. In 1963 Clarke became the first Chairman of the newly created Department of Entomology.
Summary:
These records comprise the official correspondence of the Division of Insects and its successor, the Department of Entomology, and include records of staff of the Department of Agriculture because of close cooperation in taxonomic entomology.
Topic:
Entomology
Local number:
SIA RU000140
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Correspondence 1878-1963 [United States National Museum Division of Insects]
Correspondence 1909-1963 [United States National Museum Division of Insects]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

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