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George Herbert Girty Papers

Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (5 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1896-1948 and undated
Introduction:
The 1879 act establishing the United States Geological Survey (USGS) declares, "And all collections of rocks, minerals, soils, and fossils, and objects of natural history, archaeology, and ethnology, made by the Coast and Interior Survey, the Geological Survey, or by any other parties for the Government of the United States, when no longer needed for investigations in progress, shall be deposited in the National Museum." Many of the paleontologists affiliated with the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch have been stationed at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to study and care for the national collections. This close working relationship between the USGS and the NMNH has resulted in the Smithsonian Archives acquiring records and special collections documenting paleontological work of the Survey and its scientists.
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of George Herbert Girty primarily consist of correspondence documenting his paleontological research and his official work for the USGS. A large file of general correspondence contains letters exchanged between Girty and many of the prominent geologists and paleontologists of his era. The letters concern his research on Carboniferous invertebrates; his USGS work, especially reports on specimens sent in for identification; field work of USGS geologists and paleontologists; and the preparation, publication, and review of scientific manuscripts. The collection also includes a partial file of Girty's outgoing correspondence, 1897-1915. These letters document his field work, 1898-1915, as well as his research and USGS affairs. A small amount of biographical and autobiographical information on Girty is also found in the collection.
Historical Note:
George Herbert Girty (1869-1939) was an invertebrate paleontologist specializing in the study of Carboniferous formations and fauna. He was educated at Yale University, receiving the A.B. in 1892 and the Ph.D. in 1894. After a post-graduate year at Stanford University, Girty was appointed Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on April 9, 1895. He remained with the USGS for the remainder of his career -- an association that lasted over 44 years. While best known for his research on Permian faunas, Girty was also an expert on Mississippian and Pennsylvanian invertebrates of the western United States. He studied most of the important Permian formations in the United States and Alaska and spent several seasons with USGS field parties in the mid-western and western United States.

For additional biographical information on Girty see "Memorial to George Herbert Girty," by James Steele Williams, Proceedings of the Geological Society of America for 1939, pp. 195-205, June 1940.
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Paleontologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7329
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 13 Prather, J. K., 1934, 1938

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 14 Price, W. Armstrong, 1913-1920

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 15 Prosser, Charles Smith, 1901-1905, 1910-1914

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Folder 16 R, general

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 17 Ransome, Frederick Leslie, 1902

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Folder 18 Reeside, John B., Jr., 1926, 1928, 1931-1935, 1938

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 19 Reger, David B., 1924-1925

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 20 Richardson, G. B., 1905, 1912-1913, 1920, 1923

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 21 Roundy, Paul V., 1911, 1914, 1918-1919, and undated

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Folder 22 Rowley, R. R., 1906-1907, and undated

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Folder 23 Rubey, William W., 1924-1925

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Folder 24 S, general

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Folder 25 Schuchert, Charles, 1897-1899, 1902-1906, 1909-1912, 1919-1920, 1924, 1938

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 26 Smith, George Otis, 1913-1917

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Folder 27 Smith, James Perrin, 1899-1900, 1903-1904, 1912

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 28 Smith, Richard A., 1911-1916

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 29 Smith, Stanley, 1915-1916, 1923

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 4

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948.
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Folder 1 Spencer, Arthur C., 1898-1899, 1910-1911

Collection Creator::
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
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George Herbert Girty Papers
George Herbert Girty Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948. / Box 4
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