This accession consists of the records of William A. Oliver in his positions at the United States Geological Survey (1957-1993) and the National Museum of Natural History,
Department of Paleobiology (1967-2005), as well as some materials dating back to his studies at Cornell University. His research interests included the study of Silurian and
Devonian rugose corals. These records contain correspondence, manuscripts, reference materials (dating back to 1897), field notes and data, article and book reviews, lecture
notes, and his work with professional societies. Materials include manuscripts, photographs, negatives, slides, lantern slides, illustrations, and maps.