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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers

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Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
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3.5 cu. ft. (7 document boxes)
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Date:
1886-1938 and undated
Descriptive Entry:
The papers of Mary Jane Rathbun document her career as a carcinologist and consist of correspondence, 1894-1938; manuscripts; research material; photographs; and an autobiographical memoir.
Historical Note:
Mary Jane Rathbun (1860-1943) was born in Buffalo, New York. Educated in the public schools of Buffalo, she became interested in zoology through her brother Richard. A staff member of the United States Fish Commission (and later an assistant secretary of the Smithsonian Institution), Richard Rathbun introduced his sister to the Commission and its work at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She worked for the Fish Commission, on a voluntary basis, during the summers from 1881 to 1884. In 1884, she was appointed to a salaried position as clerk with the Fish Commission, where she remained until 1886, when she joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM) as copyist in the Department of Marine Invertebrates. Rathbun was promoted to aid in 1893, second assistant curator in 1894, and assistant curator in 1907. She resigned in 1914 so that her salary could be used to hire another assistant curator. After her resignation, she was given the honorary title associate in zoology and continued her work on the invertebrate collections in the USNM. In 1916, Rathbun received an honorary M.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh and the following year received an honorary doctorate from the George Washington University.

Rathbun's primary zoological interest was the study of crustacea, particularly the crabs, both recent and fossil. Her bibliography numbered 158 titles, with her most important works being four monographs on the grapsoid, spider, cancroid, and oxystomatous crabs of America, published as Bulletins of the United States National Museum between 1918 and 1939.
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Invertebrate zoology  Search this
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Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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Record Unit 7256
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Box 3

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
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Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.
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"New Species of Fossil Decapod Crustaceans from California." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 19, pp. 469-472, 1929.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"A new Callianassa from the Cretaceous of South Dakota." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 20, pp. 1-3, 1930.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"Hoploparia Westoni Woodward." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 20, pp. 180-183, 1930.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"Fossil Decapod Crustaceans from Mexico." Proceedings of the USNM, vol. 78, no. 2851, pp. 1-10, 1930.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"A new Fossil Palinurid from Staten Island." Proceedings of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, vol. 5, 1931.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
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Box 3 of 7
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"New Crabs from the Gulf of Mexico." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 21, pp. 125-128, 1931.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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"Two new Crabs from the Gulf of Mexico." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, vol. 44, pp. 71-72, 1931.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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"A new species of Pinnotherid Crab from Costa Rica." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 21, p. 262, 1931.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"New and Rare Chinese Crabs." Lingnan Science Journal, vol. 8, pp. 75-104, 1931.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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"New species of Fossil Raninidae from Oregon." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 22, pp. 239-242, 1932.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"Fossil Pinnotherids from the California Miocene." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 22, pp. 411-413, 1932.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"Preliminary descriptions of new species of Japanese Crabs." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, vol. 45, pp. 29-38, 1932.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"Descriptions of new species of Crabs from the Gulf of California." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, vol. 46, pp. 147-149, 1933.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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"A new species of Pseudothelphusa from Mexico." Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, vol. 23, p. 360, 1933.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
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Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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"Preliminary descriptions of nine new species of Oxystomatous and allied Crabs." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, vol. 46, pp. 183-186, 1933.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"Brachyuran Crabs of Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands." Scientific Survey of Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands, New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 15, pp. 1-121, 1933.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"A new Crab of the Genus Cyclodorippe." Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, vol. 91, 1934.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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"A new Xanthid Crab from the Cretaceous of New Jersey." Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, vol. 87, pp. 165-166, 1935.

Collection Creator::
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7256, Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
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Mary Jane Rathbun Papers
Mary Jane Rathbun Papers / Series 2: MANUSCRIPTS, 1923-1937. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY. / Box 3
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