5.5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Solomons Island (Md.)
Dry Tortugas (Fla.)
Trout Lake (Vilas County, Wis.)
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
These records consist of the correspondence of both Conger and Mann with botanists, diatomists, and other colleagues. The files were apparently begun by Mann, and then
used and retained by Conger, who continued many of the same associations. Correspondence concerns specimens, identifications, laboratory administration, equipment, publications,
research projects and summer work at Woods Hole; Dry Tortugas, Florida; Trout Lake, Wisconsin; and Solomons Island, Maryland. Also included are notes, annual and other reports,
articles and papers, and the notes and manuscript of Conger's "Thomas Christian and the Diatomists of Richmond."
Paul S. Conger (1897-1979) was a botanist who specialized in the study of diatoms, microscopic components of plankton. He was the protege of Albert Mann (1853-1935),
diatomist of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW). Mann was employed by the CIW but maintained his office and laboratory at the United States National Museum (USNM)
where he also held the title of honorary custodian of diatoms, 1913-1935. In 1922 Conger joined the staff of the Carnegie Institution and worked as Mann's assistant in the
lab at the USNM. After Mann's death, Conger retained his affiliation with the CIW, serving as research associate, 1935-1943. Concurrently he was named honorary custodian of
diatoms at the USNM, 1935-1943; then associate curator, 1944-1966; and botanist emeritus of cryptogams, 1967-1979.
This accession consists of field notes of Waldo L. Schmitt (1887-1977), zoologist with the National Museum of Natural History. These materials document his research
of crustaceans in the Dry Tortugas (Florida), the Bahamas, the Galapagos Islands, and Antarctica. Materials also include scientific illustrations, transcripts, publications,
This collection consists of photographs of the Laboratory and the Dry Tortugas Islands. Included are photographs of laboratory facilities, research vessels, Fort Jefferson,
Bird Key, and Loggerhouse Lighthouse. Several of the photographs show the effects of a 1919 hurricane on laboratory facilities.
John W. Mills (1876-1952) was chief engineer at the Marine Biological Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington at Tortugas, Florida, from 1904 to 1939.