This accession consists of field notes of Joseph Rosewater (1928-1985), a malacologist in the Division of Mollusks at the National Museum of Natural History. Expeditions
documented in this accession include the Eniwetok Atoll Expedition and the International Indian Ocean Expedition. Materials also include scientific illustrations and photographs.
4.5 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
These papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, photographs, and related materials documenting Rosewater's curatorial career at the USNM; malacological
research; collecting expeditions, especially a trip to Eniwetok Atoll, 1963, the Te Vega Expedition to Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, 1963, and the Pele Expedition to
Indonesia, 1970; and professional activities.
Joseph Rosewater (1928-1985), a malacologist, was educated at the University of New Hampshire (B.S., 1950; M.S., 1955) and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1960). In 1960,
he joined the Division of Mollusks, United States National Museum (USNM), and served as Associate Curator, 1960-1965, Curator-in-Charge, 1965-1968, and Curator, 1968-1985.
Rosewater's research specialty was the systematics and evolutionary biology of the mollusk family Littorinidae. He participated on several major collecting expeditions, mostly
to the Indo-Pacific region. Rosewater served as President of the American Malacological Union in 1969.