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Oscar W. Richards Collection

Creator:
Richards, Oscar W., Dr.  Search this
Names:
American Optical Company Armed Forces Institute of Pathology  Search this
Richards, Oscar W., Dr. (biologist)  Search this
Extent:
6 Cubic feet (18 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Articles
Trade catalogs
Photographic prints
Reprints
Sales catalogs
Correspondence
Date:
1848-1989
Summary:
This collection is made up of materials collected by Dr. Oscar W. Richards on various topics related to microscopes.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of materials related to Richards' consulting work on the history and development of microscopes. Included are scholarly articles, publications, trade literature, photographs and negatives, photographic slides, correspondence, conference programs, bibliographies, advertising clippings, and a card catalogue. Prior to acquisition, Richards organized his materials into folders by subject. Where possible, folders reflect his organizational methods, but with new folder titles to provide clarity.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into 6 series.

Series 1: Historical Materials, 1848-1989

Series 2: Bibliographies, 1916-1973

Series 3: Topics in Microscopy, 1887-1988

Series 4: Trade Literature, 1926-1976

Series 5: Slides and Clippings, 1890-1947

Series 6: Card Catalogue, 1923-1988
Biographical / Historical:
Oscar W. Richards (1902-1988) was a biologist and researcher on optics and microscopy. Born at Butte, Montana, Richards received his B.A. (1923) and M.A. (1925) from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Zoology from Yale in 1931. Richards worked as a professor and lecturer at various academic institutions, including the University of Oregon (1925-1926), Clark University (1928-1930) and Yale University (1931-1937) and Pacific University after 1967.

Richards also worked with the American Optical Company, where he conducted research on microscopes and related instruments. His research focus shifted over time to encompass optics and human vision, especially as they related to night driving of automobiles. In addition to his teaching and work in optics, Richards was also a long-time consultant at the Medical Museum of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he advised on the museum's collection of historical microscopes.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Dr. Richard E. Richards, May 25, 1989.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Microscopy  Search this
Microscopes  Search this
Microbiology  Search this
Biology  Search this
Microbiologists  Search this
Biologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Articles -- 20th century
Trade catalogs
Photographic prints
Reprints
Sales catalogs -- 1900-1960
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Citation:
Oscar W. Richards Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0343
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Oscar W. Richards Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0343

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