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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Extent:
5 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1988
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Curtis W. Sabrosky was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his long and distinguished career as Research Entomologist, and because of his memories of work and colleagues in the National Museum of Natural History.
Descriptive Entry:
The Sabrosky interviews were conducted by Pamela M. Henson, historian, Smithsonian Institution Archives, in March of 1988. The interviews cover his education; career at the USDA; work with the National Entomological Collection maintained by the NMNH; interests in issues of taxonomic nomenclature, development of International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (the Code), especially his work with the ICZN; work with the Entomological Society of America (ESA); and reminiscences of colleagues, notably J. Chester Bradley, Roland W. Brown, J. F. Gates Clarke, and Carl F. W. Muesebeck. This collection is comprised of three interview sessions, totaling 5.0 hours and 217 pages of transcript.
Historical Note:
Curtis W. Sabrosky (1910-1997), was born on April 3, 1910, in Sturgis, Michigan, and became an Entomologist specializing in Diptera. He received the A.B. in biology from Kalamazoo College in 1931, the M.S. in zoology from Kansas State College (KSC), later Kansas State University, in 1933, and the Sc.D. from Kalamazoo College in 1966. From 1936 to 1944, he taught at Michigan State College (MSC), and served in the Public Health Service during World War II. In 1946, he joined the staff of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), first with the Bureau of Entomology and later with its Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) as a Research Entomologist, and serving as Research Director from 1967 to 1973. From 1980 to 1988, he was a Cooperating Scientist at SEL, as well as a Research Associate of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). A specialist on issues of taxonomic nomenclature, from 1963 to 1985, he served as a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).
Topic:
Museum curators -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Entomology  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Biology -- Classification  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9583
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Interviews

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Interview 1: March 15, 1988

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Discusses his childhood in Sturgis, Michigan; education; early employment at MSC; fieldwork; publications; experiences during the Great Depression; interest in taxonomy; career at USDA; creation and development of the Code, including: Childhood interes...

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 1-89, of audiotape recording, 2.0 hours.

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Audio Recordings of Interviews: Total Recording Time: 2.0 hours

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Interview 2: March 25, 1988

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
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Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Covers USDA and NMNH staff; the formulation and evolution of the first and second Code; growth of the Diptera collections of Smithsonian and USDA; and involvement in the ESA, including: Reminiscences about Roland Wilbur Brown and the book he wrote on p...

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 1-80, of audiotape recording, 2.0 hours

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Audio Recordings of Interviews: Total Recording Time: 2.0 hours

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Interview 3: March 28, 1988

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Discusses USDA and Entomology department at NMNH; reminiscences about colleagues; work with the ESA and other professional organizations; including: Tenure as President of the ESA;

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Transcript, pp. 1-36, of audiotape recording, 1.0 hour.

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews / Interviews
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Audio Recordings of Interviews: Total Recording Time: 1.0 hour

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910- , interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9583, Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers

Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910-  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1982-1983
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of correspondence, drafts, notes, and related materials documenting Curtis W. Sabrosky's work on the revision of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, 3rd edition (1985).
Historical Note:
Curtis Williams Sabrosky (1910-1997) was an entomologist who specialized in Diptera, especially Chloropidae. In 1946, Sabrosky joined the staff of the United States Department of Agriculture, first with the Bureau of Entomology and later with its Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) as a Research Entomologist, and served as Research Director from 1967 to 1973. From 1980 to 1988, he was a Cooperating Scientist at SEL, as well as a Research Associate of the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH).
Topic:
Zoology -- Nomenclature  Search this
Entomologists  Search this
Entomology  Search this
Diptera  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-124, Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
Identifier:
Accession 88-124
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-124, Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
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1-34

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-124, Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
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1-34, Comments of Drafts 6, 7, and 8

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-124, Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
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35-End (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-124, Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
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35-End

Collection Creator::
Sabrosky, Curtis W. (Curtis Williams), 1910-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-124, Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
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Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers
Curtis W. Sabrosky Papers / Box 1
Archival Repository:
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