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Willis W. Wirth Papers, circa 1939-1984

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Wirth, Willis Wagner  Search this
Louisiana State University  Search this
United States Department of Agriculture  Search this
United States Public Health Service  Search this
Iowa State College  Search this
University of California (1868-1952)  Search this
United States Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Systematic Entomology Laboratory (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
circa 1939-1984
Willis W. Wirth (1916-1994), an entomologist, was educated at Iowa State College, B.S., 1940; Louisiana State University, M.S., 1947; and the University of California, Ph.D., 1950. From 1942 to 1947 he served as Senior Assistant Sanitarian with the United States Public Health Service. In 1949, Wirth was appointed Entomologist with the Division of Insect Identification, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and assigned to taxonomic work at the United States National Museum. He remained with the USDA until 1984, when he retired from the Systematic Entomology Laboratory. Wirth's research specialty is the taxonomy of Diptera.
Alphabetic and chronologic
These papers consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence primarily documenting Wirth's career at the USDA and his research on Diptera. Also included are small amounts of correspondence concerning his work with the United States Public Health Service and his tenure as a Fulbright Research Scholar in Australia, 1956-1957. The correspondence concerns the identification of specimens, the preparation and publication of research papers, and the review of manuscripts and proposals.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Entomology  Search this
Public health  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU007412
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives