This collection contains a variety of materials documenting the lives and careers of scientists from a wide range of fields, including mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology,
herpetology, botany, entomology, paleontology and geology. Also included are files on conservationists, taxidermists, historical figures, explorers, frontiersmen, and hunters.
The files include biographies, news clippings, press releases, correspondence, and photographs. The amount of documentation varies with the individual.
Of particular note is extensive material on United States National Museum taxidermist William L. Brown. Included are reminiscences of his fifty-one year career at the Museum;
photographs taken on the Beach Anglo-Egyptian Sudan Expedition, 1937; and correspondence concerning the Fenykovi elephant.
This record unit consists of log books containing a daily record of work performed and specimens received for preparation, 1903-1904, 1907-1908; and instructions for
preparing specimens written by United States National Museum (USNM) taxidermist William L. Brown, circa 1936.