National Museum of Natural History. Division of Neuropteroids and Diptera Search this
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1963-1989, with related records from 1938
Curators represented by these records include Grace E. Glance (Associate Curator, 1948-1957), Oliver S. Flint, Jr. (Associate Curator, 1961-1965; Curator, 1965- ),
and Richard W. Baumann (Associate Curator, 1972-1975).
These records consist of professional correspondence and administrative files documenting the research and activities of the neuropteroid portion of the Division of Neuropteroids
and Diptera. No materials concerning diptera are included in this record unit. Most of the correspondence was created by Oliver S. Flint Jr., and concerns the acquisition,
loan, identification, and distribution of neuropteran specimens. A small amount of the correspondence from Flint's predecessor, Grace E. Glance, is included, as are some letters
written by Richard W. Baumann. The earliest correspondence dates back to 1938, and was created by Glance in her position as an entomologist researching neuropteroids in the
United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine from 1925 to 1948. The administrative records in this collection were also created by Flint
and include memoranda and correspondence, budget and grant information, and also annual reports and manuscripts written by Flint.
The Division of Neuropteroids was created in July 1963, when the Department of Entomology was established at the United States National Museum. The title of the Division
was changed in 1974 to Neuropteroids and Diptera, when research and transactions involving the diptera collection were placed under the same administrative purview as the
work of the neuropterists.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
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.
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 was the taxonomy of Diptera. He died September
3, 1994, in Gainesville, Florida.
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Entomology Search this
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These records contain annual reports of the Department and its predecessors, 1922-1970, including curators' and divisional reports, statistics on specimens and accessions,
and publications lists; plans of operations, 1927-1951, 1953-1966; and requisitions for purchase of specimens, 1964-1971. Also included are reports to the Department on activities
of United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, and Division of Insect Identification personnel stationed in the museum. These reports
are filed with the Department or Division reports for the corresponding year.