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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers

Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
1916-1970
Descriptive Entry:
These papers consist of photographs, including images of Deignan in Siam in the 1930s and on the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition; letters written by Deignan to his mother from Siam, Central America, and Europe, 1931-1939; letters written by Deignan to family members, 1942-1948, including a few from Australia while serving on the Arnhem Land Expedition; official letters concerning his USNM career; certificates; and biographical materials on Deignan.
Historical Note:
Herbert Girton Deignan (1906-1968), ornithologist and authority on the birds of Thailand, received the B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1928. That same year he took a position as Master in the Prince Royal College in Chiengmai, northern Siam. Deignan remained in Siam intermittently until 1937 and amassed a large collection of birds for the United States National Museum (USNM). In 1938, he was appointed Scientific Aid in the Division of Birds, USNM. He was promoted to Assistant Curator in 1940, Associate Curator in 1942, and Curator in 1959. Deignan retired in 1962.

During World War II, Deignan served in the Office of Strategic Services, 1944-1946, primarily in southern Asia. In 1948, he went to northern Australia as a member of the Commonwealth of Australia-National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Expedition to Arnhem Land. He also conducted field work for the USNM in Thailand, 1952-1953, and Madagascar, 1962.
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7465
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7465
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 1 Photographs, c. 1916-1960s

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 2 Color photograph of a painting by Walter A. Weber of a bird, Harfactes Oreskios Stellae (Accession 05-224)

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 3 Correspondence from Deignan to his mother, 1931-1939

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 4 Correspondence from Deignan to his nephew (Accession 05-224)

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 5 Correspondence, certificates, newspaper clippings, etc.

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 6 Biographical Information

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 7 Order of the White Elephant (Thailand)

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 8 Correspondence, 1960-1964 (Accession 09-059)

Collection Creator::
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7465, Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
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Herbert Girton Deignan Papers
Herbert Girton Deignan Papers / Box 1
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Harris & Ewing Photographic News Service photograph of Smithsonian officials unpacking boxes from American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land

Creator:
Harris & Ewing, photographic news service  Search this
Names:
Deignan, H. G. (Herbert Girton), 1906-1968  Search this
Johnson, David H. (David Horn), 1912-1996  Search this
Setzler, Frank M. (Frank Maryl), 1902-1975  Search this
Extent:
1 Print (silver gelatin)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Photographs
Date:
1949
Scope and Contents note:
Photograph depicting Smithsonian officials Dr. Frank M. Setzler, Dr. David H. Johnson, and H. G. Deignan with opened boxes and artifacts from the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948. Collection includes a narrative description provided by the news service.
Biographical/Historical note:
The Harris & Ewing photo studio, started in 1905 by George W. Harris and Martha Ewing, was both a portrait studio and news service. The news service was sold in 1945 but maintained the name, "Harris-Ewing Photographic News Service," in its publications after that time.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 80-36
Location of Other Archival Materials:
The artifacts pictured and other artifacts from the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land can be found in the Departments of Anthropology, Vertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Paleobiology in accession 178294.
Additional photographs by Harris & Ewing can be found in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot 24, Photo Lot 33, Photo Lot 77-80, and Photo Lot 78-20.
The National Anthropological Archives holds the Frank Maryl Setzler Papers, which include information on his curatorial activities.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Copyright held by Harris & Ewing. Contact the repository for terms of use and access.
Topic:
American Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, 1948  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Photo lot 80-36, Harris & Ewing Photographic News Service photograph of Smithsonian officials unpacking boxes from American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.80-36
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-80-36

Herbert Girton Deignan Field Notes, 1935-1937, 1944, 1948, 1952-1953, and 1962

Creator:
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Subject:
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Physical description:
0.65 cu. ft. (0.65 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1935
1935-1962
1935-1937, 1944, 1948, 1952-1953, and 1962
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-289
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Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_386639

Watson M. Perrygo Field Books, 1928-1940

Creator:
Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984  Search this
Subject:
Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984  Search this
Cole, James  Search this
Lingebach, John Carleton  Search this
Parish, Lee Hamilton  Search this
Parish, S. W (Semmes Wilder) 1872-1943  Search this
Poole, W. M  Search this
Rohwer, Gregor  Search this
Schaefer, Henry R  Search this
Wheeler, Charles L  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Physical description:
2.27 cu. ft. (2.27 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1928
1928-1940
Topic:
Ornithology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-334
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Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_361473

Watson M. Perrygo Field Notes, 1928-1940

Creator:
Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984  Search this
Subject:
Perrygo, Watson M. 1906-1984  Search this
Cole, James  Search this
Lingebach, John Carleton  Search this
Rohwer, Gregor  Search this
Schaefer, Henry R  Search this
Wheeler, Charles L  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Physical description:
0.86 cu. ft. (0.86 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1928
1928-1940
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-268
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Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_360509

Herbert Girton Deignan Field Notes, 1935-1937

Creator:
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Subject:
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Physical description:
0.11 cu. ft. (0.11 non-standard size boxes)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1935
1935-1937
Topic:
Mammals  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-236
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Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_355766

Agency history, 1880-

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds  Search this
Subject:
Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932  Search this
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Weber, Walter Alois 1905 or 1906-  Search this
Humphrey, Philip S (Philip Strong) 1926-2009  Search this
Zusi, Richard L (Richard Laurence) 1930-  Search this
Slud, Paul  Search this
Watson, George E (George Elder) 1931-  Search this
Olson, Storrs L  Search this
Graves, Gary R  Search this
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1880
1880-
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Vertebrate Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00030
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218086

Correspondence, 1874-2003

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds  Search this
Subject:
Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003  Search this
Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932  Search this
Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929  Search this
Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941  Search this
Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987  Search this
Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968  Search this
Weber, Walter Alois 1905 or 1906-  Search this
Humphrey, Philip S (Philip Strong) 1926-2009  Search this
Zusi, Richard L (Richard Laurence) 1930-  Search this
Slud, Paul  Search this
Watson, George E (George Elder) 1931-  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
20 cu. ft. processed holdings
2.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1874
1874-2003
Topic:
Birds  Search this
Ornithology  Search this
Vertebrates  Search this
Vertebrate Zoology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00050
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Correspondence 1874-2003 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219584

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