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A history of herpetologists and herpetology in the U.S. Department of the Interior

Author:
Dodd, C. Kenneth, Jr.  Search this
McDiarmid, Roy W.  Search this
Scott, Norman J., Jr.  Search this
Lovich, Jeffrey E.  Search this
Bury, R. Bruce  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2012
Topic:
Natural History  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Animals  Search this
Zoology  Search this
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Folder 1 American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1938-1947. Of special interest: ASIH appointed Mann as a member of the Committee on Postal and Express Regulations concerning shipments of live, harmless reptiles and amphibians (1938).

Collection Creator::
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Container:
Box 4 of 27
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, William M. Mann and Lucile Quarry Mann Papers
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William M. Mann and Lucile Quarry Mann Papers / Series 2: General Correspondence. Arranged by Subject, 1912-1972. / Box 4
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James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians

Topic:
Smithsonian herpetological information services
Creator::
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972  Search this
Extent:
24.25 cu. ft. (48 document boxes) (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Picture postcards
Clippings
Field notes
Floor plans
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Lantern slides
Date:
1927-1973 (Papers), 1927-1966 (Records)
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.
Topic:
Herpetology  Search this
Herpetologists  Search this
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Manuscripts
Picture postcards
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Field notes
Floor plans
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white transparencies
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Lantern slides
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7175, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
Identifier:
Record Unit 7175
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American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), 1940-1963

Collection Creator::
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 20 of 49
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7175, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
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James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians / Series 2: SOCIETIES, MEETINGS, CONGRESSES, SYMPOSIUMS, ETC., 1940-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 20
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Herpetologists' League

Collection Creator::
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 22 of 49
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7175, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
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James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians / Series 2: SOCIETIES, MEETINGS, CONGRESSES, SYMPOSIUMS, ETC., 1940-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 22
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Southwestern Herpetologists Society

Collection Creator::
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 25 of 49
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7175, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
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James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians / Series 2: SOCIETIES, MEETINGS, CONGRESSES, SYMPOSIUMS, ETC., 1940-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 25
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Folder 6 Guide to the Reptile House. Forty-second annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, June 14-17, 1962.

Collection Creator::
National Zoological Park  Search this
Container:
Box 195 of 289
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 74, National Zoological Park, Records
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Records / Series 14: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1930-1965. / Box 195
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1962

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary  Search this
Container:
Box 6 of 321
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 50, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Records
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Records / Series 1: ALPHABETICAL: GENERAL / Box 6
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Charles M. Bogert audio recordings

Creator:
Bogert, Charles M. (Charles Mitchill), 1908-1992  Search this
Extent:
79 Sound tape reels (1.6 cubic feet)
Tapes are in original boxes.
Culture:
Tarahumara language  Search this
Purépecha  Search this
Sinhalese language  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Field recordings
Place:
Sri Lanka
Michoacán de Ocampo (Mexico)
Nayarit (Mexico)
Arizona
Oaxaca (Mexico : State)
Sonora (Mexico : State)
New Mexico
Jalisco (Mexico)
Date:
1952-1965
Summary:
Five boxes containing sixty-four 5 inch and fifteen 7 inch open reel tapes recorded primarily by American herpetologist Charles M. Bogert from 1953-1965. This collection has two parts: the first focusing mainly on traditional music and liturgical music from several regions in Mexico: Oaxaca, Jalisco, Nayarit. Also included is music recorded in the Southwestern United States. The second portion of the collection contains amphibian, bird, and insect calls and choruses, mostly from these same regions in Mexico, the Southwestern, Western, and Southern United States, and Sri Lanka.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is divided into 2 series. Series 1 contains forty-three 5 inch and twelve 7 inch open reel tapes of musical performances by groups and individuals Bogert recorded throughout Mexico, South America, and the southwestern United States between 1952 and 1965. Series 2 contains twenty-one 5 inch and 3 7 inch open reel tapes of field recordings made by Bogert in natural settings in Mexico, Southwestern United States, and Sri Lanka. Sounds include amphibian choruses, mating calls and warnings, bird calls, and insect communication.
Arrangement:
Tapes are arranged into two series. Series 1: Musical Performances, 1953-1965, and Series 2: Field Recordings of Amphibians, Birds, and Insects, 1954-1964. Within each series, tapes are arranged by size, followed by chronological order, with undated tapes placed at the end of each sequence.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Mitchill Bogert (June 4, 1908–April 10, 1992) was an American herpetologist, researcher, and curator of herpetology for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and a notable early ethnomusicologist. Bogert was a major figure in twentieth century herpetology, as a researcher and as administrator at the American Museum of Natural History for 25 years, as well as a folksong collector. Bogert traveled widely--including to Sri Lanka, Central America, the Southwestern United States, Florida, and the Bahamas--in search of experimental settings and samples of indigenous frog species. He would also use these travels to record the local folk music, usually performed by informal groups and in church celebrations.

He felt especially at home in Mexico, where in addition to conducting faunal surveys he made recordings of traditional music that were later commercially released on Folkways Records. In 1955, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a year's research; a portion of his results are in the collection.

In 1960, he became a lecturer at the University of Colorado, and began an extensive study of the Oaxaca region of Mexico. In 1966, he was given an honorary LLD from UCLA. In 1978, he became a consultant at the Los Alamos National Environmental Research Park for a year. Afterwards, he continued to travel and conduct further studies, until his death in 1992 in his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Folkways Records Releases

1954 -- FX 6122, Sounds of the American Southwest

1958 -- FX 6166 (SFW45060), Sounds of North American Frogs FW 8867, Tarascan and Other Music of Mexico: Songs and Dances of the Mexican Plateau

1960 -- FW 8870, Mariachi Aguilas de Chapala
Restrictions:
Access by request only. Where a listening copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a digitization fee. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for information.
Topic:
Tarasco Indians  Search this
Tarahumara Indians  Search this
Hopi dance  Search this
Folk songs, Tarahumara  Search this
Folk music--Mexico  Search this
insect sounds  Search this
bird calls  Search this
Chirimía (Musical instrument)  Search this
Frog sounds  Search this
Bat sounds  Search this
Toad sounds  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field recordings
Citation:
Charles M. Bogert audio recordings, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.BOGE
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American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. International Exchange Service  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 21
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 502, Smithsonian Institution, International Exchange Service, Records
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Records / Series 1: Director's domestic correspondence, arranged alphabetic by organization/person. / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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George Suckley Papers

Creator::
Suckley, George, 1830-1869  Search this
Extent:
0.75 cu. ft. (1 document box) (1 half document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Diaries
Manuscripts
Place:
United States -- History$yCivil War, 1861-1865
Panama
Date:
1849-1861
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of George Suckley mostly concern his work on the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels, 1853, and on the collections of the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857. They include incoming and outgoing correspondence, mostly copies; journals, field books, notes, and related materials concerning the progress of the Railroad Survey, the canoe trip from Fort Owen to Fort Vancouver, Suckley's Panama trip with Cooper, and natural history observations and collecting work; fiscal matters; translation of Indian vocabulary; Suckley's monograph, The Natural History of Washington Territory, co-authored with Cooper; and manuscripts of Suckley's reports on the mammals and salmonidae collected on the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857.
Historical Note:
George Suckley (1830-1869) was born in New York City and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now a part of Columbia University) in September 1851. In April 1853 Suckley was appointed assistant surgeon and naturalist to the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory, under the command of Isaac I. Stevens. His work on the survey included a 1,049 mile, 53-day canoe trip down the Bitter Root, Clark's Fork, and Columbia Rivers to Fort Vancouver, during which he made extensive natural history collections. On December 2, 1853, Suckley was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, United States Army. He was ordered to duty at Fort Steilacoom, Washington Territory, where he remained until June 12, 1854, when he was transferred to Fort Dalles, Oregon Territory. In July 1854, Suckley obtained leave of absence for six months, which he partially spent collecting natural history specimens in Panama with James G. Cooper. Suckley resigned from the Army on October 3, 1856, and for the next five years pursued his interest in natural history. During this period, Suckley was assigned to write the reports on the mammals and salmonidae collected by the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857. In 1859 he co-authored with James G. Cooper, The Natural History of Washington Territory, which was based primarily on data and observations made while serving with the Pacific Railroad Survey. On the outbreak of the Civil War, Suckley rejoined the Army and was commissioned Surgeon of Volunteers. He served for the duration of the war, resigning April 22, 1865. Suckley died July 30, 1869, in New York City.
Topic:
Anthropology  Search this
Herpetology  Search this
Mammalogy  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Naturalists  Search this
Surgeons  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Herpetologists  Search this
Mammalogists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Diaries
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7191, George Suckley Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7191
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1943-1945, 1949-1956, 1962. Includes correspondence of Morris Graham Netting

Collection Creator::
Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977.  Search this
Container:
Box 41 of 194
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7231, Waldo L. Schmitt Papers
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Waldo L. Schmitt Papers / Series 2: Organizational Files, 1913-1977 / Box 41
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Leonhard Stejneger Papers

Creator::
Stejneger, Leonhard, 1851-1943  Search this
Extent:
23.86 cu. ft. (46 document boxes) (2 12x17 boxes) (oversize materials)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Account books
Scrapbooks
Black-and-white photographs
Field notes
Journals (accounts)
Diaries
Manuscripts
Date:
1753, 1867-1943
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of Leonhard Stejneger consist of manuscripts on Japanese herpetology, Chinese herpetology, Puerto Rican and West Indian herpetology, North American herpetology, poisonous snakes, turtles, fur seals, ornithology, European fauna and the study of life zones; manuscripts, general notes and bibliographic notes and correspondence regarding the publication of Stejneger's biography of Georg Wilhelm Steller; diaries, notebooks, and account books covering much of the time Stejneger spent at zoological congresses and on field trips; photographs of fur seals and natives of the North Pacific-Bering Sea area; photographs of mammal skulls and skeletons; scrapbooks; outgoing correspondence; and personal material.
Historical Note:
Leonhard Stejneger (1851-1943) was born in Bergen, Norway, and received his early education there. Later he studied medicine and law at the University of Kristiania. Stejneger's interest in zoology began at an early age, for he produced his earliest field notes in ornithology in 1867. Four years later his first zoological paper was published, and in 1873 his first book was published. He described his first bird, Lanius bairdi, in 1878. In 1881 he left Norway for the United States and arrived in Washington, D.C., where be soon began working with the birds of the New World at the Smithsonian Institution, particularly aquatic birds. In December 1884 he was appointed assistant curator in the Department of Birds under Robert Ridgway, curator. In 1889 after the resignation of Henry Crecy Yarrow, honorary curator of the Department of Reptiles and Batrachians, Stejneger became the first full-time curator for the Department. In 1903 he served as acting head curator of the Department of Biology for several months, and in 1911 he was appointed head curator of the Department of Biology after Frederick William True vacated the post. From that time until his death, Stejneger served both as head curator of the Department of Biology and curator of the Division of Reptiles and Batrachians. Also, for years he chaired a Smithsonian committee which considered manuscripts for publication.

In 1882 Stejneger was sent to the Commander Islands under the auspices of the U.S. Signal Service to establish observation stations. While there he studied the islands' natural history, the fur seals, and made specimen collections, including the skeleton of a sea-cow. As the problem of the fur seals and commercial sealing became an international economic and political concern, Stejneger's studies of the seals and the sealing conditions became more involved. In 1895 he was sent to the North Pacific as an attache of the U.S. Fish Commission. The next year President Cleveland appointed Stejneger to the International Fur-Seal Commission; he spent most of this time on the Pribilof and Commander Islands as well as some time in Hakodate, Japan. He returned to the Bering Sea again in 1897 to continue his studies and investigations. His last trip to the Commander Islands was in 1922 as a representative of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

As a representative of the United States National Museum, Stejneger attended several international scientific congresses. He attended the International Zoological Congresses of 1898, 1901, 1904, 1907, 1913, 1927, and 1930, as well as ornithological and fisheries congresses. He was elected to the International Committee on Zoological Nomenclature in 1898 and served as the organizing secretary for the Section on Zoogeography at the 1907 Zoological Congress. Because most of the congresses were held in Europe, Stejneger was able to study European museums and their specimens as well as European fauna and the correlation of life zones between Europe and North America.

Stejneger also made field trips to various sections of the United States and nearby areas. After joining C. Hart Merriam's biological survey of the San Francisco mountain region in 1889, he collected specimens in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. In 1894 he took a field trip to the South Dakota Badlands. In 1900 he joined Charles W. Richmond, assistant curator in the Division of Birds, on an expedition to Puerto Rico and the West Indies, and during the summer of 1906 he studied the salamanders of Augusta County, Virginia.

After his first trip to the Commander Islands in 1882 to search for evidence of the Steller sea-cow, Stejneger began compiling data and conducting exhaustive research on Georg Wilhelm Steller, the pioneer of Alaskan natural history who accompanied Vitus Bering to North America. For approximately fifty years Stejneger researched his subject and finally published the biography of Georg Wilhelm Steller in 1936.

In addition to the above publication, Stejneger's bibliography contains more than four hundred titles. Of particular importance are Results of Ornithological Explorations in the Commander Islands and in Kamtschatka (1885), portions of the Standard Natural History (1885), edited by J. Sterling Kingsley, The Poisonous Snakes of North America (1895), The Russian Fur-Seal Islands (1896), Herpetology of Porto Rico (1904), and Herpetology of Japan and Adjacent Territories (1907). With the collaboration of Thomas Barbour of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Stejneger published a Check-List of North American Amphibians and Reptiles in five editions (1917, 1923, 1933, 1939, 1943).

Stejneger's correspondence as curator of Reptiles and Batrachians as well as some correspondence he conducted while assistant curator in the Department of Birds is found in the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians Records, 1873-1968 (see Record Unit 161).
Topic:
Herpetology  Search this
Mammalogy  Search this
Natural history  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Ornithologists  Search this
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Northern fur seal  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Account books
Scrapbooks
Black-and-white photographs
Field notes
Journals (accounts)
Diaries
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7074, Leonhard Stejneger Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7074
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MANUSCRIPTS, NOTES, AND RELATED MATERIALS ON HERPETOLOGY, CA. 1890-1943.

Collection Creator::
Stejneger, Leonhard, 1851-1943  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This material consists of manuscripts, notes and related materials on the herpetology of Japan and adjacent territories (boxes 1-6), China and adjacent territories (boxes 6-8), Puerto Rico and the West Indies (box 8), North America (boxes 9-10), Kinosternon and Sternotherus turtles (boxes 11-12), poisonous snakes (box 12), and miscellaneous notes on herpetology (box 13). Most of the material on Kinosternon and Sternotherus consists of photographs. In addition there is material by other herpetologists. All manuscripts are by Stejneger unless otherwise indicated. See also Series 12.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7074, Leonhard Stejneger Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7074, Series 1
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Henry Crecy Yarrow Papers

Creator::
Yarrow, H. C. (Henry Crecy), 1840-1929  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1880-1890
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of Henry Crecy Yarrow include material collected by Yarrow relating to the history of the Department of Reptiles and a manuscript on Florida reptiles, prepared by G. Brown Goode.
Historical Note:
Henry Crecy Yarrow (1840-1929) served as the first Curator of Herpetology at the United States National Museum from 1878 to 1889. He had accompanied the United States Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian (the Wheeler Surveys) as a naturalist. An army surgeon, he was on duty at the Army Medical Library when Spencer Baird convinced him to take on the position of Honorary Curator on a part-time basis. He continued in this post until 1889 when he resigned.

Prior to his coming to the Museum, Yarrow wrote two herpetological reports concerning the Wheeler expeditions. While Curator, he prepared a "Check list of North American Reptilia and Batrachia, with Catalogs of Specimens in the U.S. National Museum," 1883.
Topic:
Herpetology  Search this
Herpetologists  Search this
Surgeons  Search this
Naturalists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7166, Henry Crecy Yarrow Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7166
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Records

Topic:
Copeia (Serial)
Creator::
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists  Search this
Extent:
30.62 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes) (43 document boxes) (1 12x17 box) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1926-1988
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These records consist principally of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Society's secretaries, 1926-1973, and manuscripts of notes and articles submitted to Copeia, 1962-1967. Records of the treasurer and publications secretary are present to a lesser degree. Most of the material deals with some aspect of the publication of Copeia, with occasional references to other aspects of Society business. The Society's early history, as well as the records of officers not directly responsible for production of Copeia, are scanty or absent from this collection.
Historical Note:
The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) promotes the study of its component disciplines. This objective is accomplished chiefly through publication of the Society's journal Copeia. The Society has also long been active in the fields of ecology and conservation. The Society traces its origins to the publication on December 27, 1913, of Copeia, No. 1. The publishers of this first Copeia were Henry W. Fowler, Dwight Franklin, and John T. Nichols, scholars at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The founders of Copeia regarded it as a means of advancing the study of cold-blooded vertebrates and as a vehicle for publishing short notes in their areas of interest. By 1916 more than 30 numbers of Copeia had appeared. In that year the Society was formally organized as an unincorporated association at a meeting at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and, in 1949, as a corporation located in the District of Columbia. The Society has met annually since 1916, except during World War II. Affairs of the Society are administered by its elected officers, an executive committee, and a board of governors, all elected as provided by the Society's constitution.
Topic:
Herpetology  Search this
Ichthyology  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7149, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 7149
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Box 48

Collection Creator::
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7149, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Records
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Records
Records / Series 10: ADD ACQUISITIONS
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ASIH Board of Governors, 1959 (loose)

Collection Creator::
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists  Search this
Container:
Box 48 of 53
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7149, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Records
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Records
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ASIH Board of Governors, 1960

Collection Creator::
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists  Search this
Container:
Box 48 of 53
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7149, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Records
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Records
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Texas, 1961

Collection Creator::
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists  Search this
Container:
Box 48 of 53
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7149, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Records
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Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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