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Blackwelder, Richard E.

Collection Creator::
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972  Search this
Container:
Box 3 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 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview

Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E., interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1978
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Blackwelder was interviewed for the Oral History Collection to document his career in entomology and his role in the founding of the Society of Systematic Zoology.
Descriptive Entry:
Blackwelder was interviewed by Pamela M. Henson on January 17, 1978. The interview covers Blackwelder's education; field work in the West Indies; his career with the USDA, American Museum of Natural History, USNM, St. John Fisher College, and Southern Illinois University; his research interests; the SSZ; and his colleagues. The interview focuses on his years in the Division of Insects, USNM, his curatorial duties, research on Staphylinidae, his colleagues, relations with the USDA staff, and USNM administration. Blackwelder discusses the founding of the SSZ, his role in its development, and relations between the SSZ and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and other zoological societies. Blackwelder reminisces extensively about his friend and colleague, Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, Head Curator of Biology in the USNM and a founder of the SSZ.
Historical Note:
Richard Eliot Blackwelder (1909-2001), received the B.A. (1931) and Ph.D. (1934) in zoology from Stanford University. From 1935 to 1938, he conducted entomological field work in the West Indies with the Smithsonian's Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship. He then worked briefly for the White-Fringed Beetle Identification Unit, Bureau of Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) before accepting an Assistant Curatorship in Entomology at the American Museum of Natural History in 1938.

In 1940 Blackwelder joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM) as an Assistant Curator in the Division of Insects and in 1942 advanced to Associate Curator. His research specialty was the morphology, classification, and nomenclature of the family Staphylinidae. During World War II, Blackwelder worked in electronics research and development while on leave from the museum. After the war he returned to the Division of Insects and was active in the development of the Society of Systematic Zoology (SSZ), as Secretary-Treasurer from 1949 to 1960, President in 1961, and Editor of its journal, Systematic Zoology.

In 1954 Blackwelder left the USNM and pursued his broader research interests in the principles of zoology. From 1956 to 1958 he was an Associate Professor at St. John Fisher College, and from 1965 until his retirement in 1977 was Professor of Zoology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Zoology  Search this
Biology -- Classification  Search this
Records of meetings, organizations, and professional societies  Search this
Museum curators -- Interviews  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9517, Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9517
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Interview

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E., interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9517, Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview
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Interview 1: January 17, 1978

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E., interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9517, Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview
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Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview / Interview
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Transcript, pp. 1-73, of audio recording, 2.0 hours.

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E., interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9517, Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview
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Recording of Interview: Total Recording Time: 2.0 hours

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E., interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interview
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9517, Richard E. Blackwelder Oral History Interview
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Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks

Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Field notes
Date:
1935-1938
Descriptive Entry:
This collection consists of two volumes of Blackwelder's field notes concerning his entomological observations and collecting activities in the West Indies.
Historical Note:
Richard Eliot Blackwelder (1909- ) was awarded the Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship of the Smithsonian Institution from 1935 to 1938, following the completion of his doctorate in zoology at Stanford University in 1934. Blackwelder's research during the period he held the scholarship was concerned with a study of the Staphylinid beetles of the West Indies. In this connection, he made a number of field trips to the West Indies from 1935 to 1938.
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Field notes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7156, Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks
Identifier:
Record Unit 7156
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7156, Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks
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Field Notebooks, 1935-1938, Volume 1

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7156, Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks
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Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks
Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Field Notebooks, 1935-1938, Volume 2

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7156, Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks
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Richard E. Blackwelder Field Notebooks / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Blackwelder, Richard E.

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrate Zoology  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-052, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrate Zoology, Correspondence
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Correspondence
Correspondence / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Blackwelder, Richard E.

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Division of Lepidoptera  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 427, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Lepidoptera, Records
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Records
Records / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Blackwelder, Richard E.

Collection Creator::
United States National Museum. Division of Insects  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 140, United States National Museum. Division of Insects, Correspondence
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Correspondence
Correspondence / Box 2
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Blackwelder, Richard E.

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Entomology  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-106, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Entomology, Curatorial Correspondence
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Curatorial Correspondence
Curatorial Correspondence / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Richard E. Blackwelder Papers

Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Field notes
Date:
1926-1964
Descriptive Entry:
Richard E. Blackwelder received a doctorate in entomology from Stanford University in 1934. The following year he received the Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship, which enabled him to conduct field work on the beetles of the West Indies from 1935 to 1938. These papers consist of journals from Blackwelder's field work in the West Indies while he was recipient of the Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship (1935-1938); journals of his wife, Ruth M. Blackwelder, from the same period; notebooks from his research in museums in the United States and England; a notebook listing species in his personal collection; a notebook containing recollections on entomologists met by Blackwelder; a journal kept on field trips to the American west, 1960, 1962, 1964; and an album of photographs from his field work in the West Indies. For field notes from Blackwelder's West Indies work see Record Unit 7156.
Topic:
Entomology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Field notes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-099, Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
Identifier:
Accession 96-099
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-099, Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
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Journal of Ruth M. Blackwelder, West Indies, 1935-1937 (5 volumes)

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-099, Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
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Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
Richard E. Blackwelder Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Journal of Richard E. Blackwelder, West Indies, 1935-1937 (6 volumes)

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-099, Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
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Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
Richard E. Blackwelder Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Museum Notes (western), 1947-1948 (2 volumes)

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-099, Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
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Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
Richard E. Blackwelder Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Museum Notes (eastern), 1934-1942

Collection Creator::
Blackwelder, Richard E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-099, Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
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Richard E. Blackwelder Papers
Richard E. Blackwelder Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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