4.58 cu. ft. (8 document boxes) (1 tall document box)
1912-1942 and undated
These papers consist of Resser's professional correspondence, 1912-1940 and undated; notebooks from field trips in the United States and museum collection study trips
in Europe; a manuscript on Wisconsin localities at the Milwaukee Public Museum; and photographs from his field trips.
Charles Elmer Resser (1889-1943), paleontologist, was born in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Pennsylvania State Teachers College, B. Ped., 1912; Franklin
and Marshall College, B.A., 1913; Princeton University, M.A., 1915; and The George Washington University, Ph.D., 1917. Resser's interest in Cambrian fossils was developed
while a student of H. Justin Roddy at Franklin and Marshall.
In 1914 Resser came to the United States National Museum as an assistant to Charles D. Walcott. In 1915 he was appointed Assistant Curator in the Division of Paleontology
and subsequently held positions as Assistant Curator, Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, 1923; Associate Curator, Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, 1924-1928; Curator,
Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, 1929-1940; and Curator, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany, 1941-1943. Resser was also a part-time faculty member
at The George Washington University, 1915-1932. Resser also taught geology at the University of Maryland for several years.
This series consists of a typed manuscript on Wisconsin locality numbers and descriptions used by the Milwaukee Public Museum's Department of Geology. It is not
known whether this manuscript was written by Resser.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7232, Charles Elmer Resser Papers