SIA RU007175, Peters, James Arthur 1922-1972, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, 1927-1973, and 1927-1966
- Peters, James Arthur 1922-1972
- James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, 1927-1973, and 1927-1966
- Data Source:
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- 1927, 1927-1973, 1927-1973, and 1927-1966
- James A. Peters (1922-1972) was born in Iowa and educated at the University of Michigan. He held teaching positions at Brown University, 1952-1958; Universidad Centrale de Ecuador, Fulbright Lecturer, 1958-1959; Southern Illinois University, 1959; and San Fernando Valley State College, 1959-1964. In 1964 Peters joined the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, United States National Museum, and served as Associate Curator, 1964-1967, and Curator, 1967-1972.
- Peters' professional activities included membership in a number of scientific societies, notably the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). He served the ASIH as Secretary, 1960-1966; Vice-President, 1967; and President, 1970. In 1965, he inaugurated the Smithsonian Herpetological Information Services which distributed material to herpetological labs and individual herpetologists.
- The main subjects of Peters' research were the herpetology and zoogeography of Latin America, especially Ecuador. The computer analysis of biogeographic data greatly enhanced Peters' study of systematics and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. He also employed computer technology in the identification of specimens.
- Herpetology, Herpetologists
- Peters, James Arthur 1922-1972, Universidad Centrale de Ecuador, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, University of Michigan, Brown University, Southern Illinois University (System), San Fernando Valley State College, United States National Museum
- Manuscripts, Collection descriptions, Picture postcards, Clippings, Field notes, Floor plans, Black-and-white photographs, Black-and-white negatives, Black-and-white transparencies, Color photographs, Color transparencies, Lantern slides
- Local Number:
- SIA RU007175
- Physical Description:
- 24.25 cu. ft. (48 document boxes) (1 half document box)
Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Table of Contents
- Collection Overview
- Historical Note
- Descriptive Entry
- Index Terms
- Administrative Information
- Container List
- Series 1 - CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 2 - SOCIETIES, MEETINGS, CONGRESSES, SYMPOSIUMS, ETC., 1940-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 3 - MANUSCRIPTS, 1942-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 4 - PUBLISHERS, 1955-1969. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 5 - PUBLICATION REQUESTS, 1946-1973. UNARRANGED.
- Series 6 - RESEARCH AWARDS, 1950-1970. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 7 - COMPUTERS and COMPUTER USAGE, 1960-1973. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 8 - NON-SMITHSONIAN FILES, 1937-1966. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 9 - SMITHSONIAN-RELATED FILES, 1962-1971. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.
- Series 10 - PETERS' PERSONAL PAPERS, 1935-1969. UNARRANGED.
- Series 11 - DIVISION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS OUTGOING SHIPPING INVOICES, C. 1938-1964. ARRANGED BY SUBJECT.
- Series 12 - DIVISION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS INCOMING SHIPPING INVOICES, C. 1938-1966. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 13 - DIVISION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS CURATORIAL PAPERS (DORIS MABLE COCHRAN), 1927-1966. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 14 - NOTE CARDS AND SLIDES, C. 1956-1964. UNARRANGED.
- Series 15 - FIELD NOTES, 1946-1965.
Record Unit 7175
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-
James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, 1927-1973 (Papers), 1927-1966 (Records)
|General Information About This Collection|
|Repository:||Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at email@example.com.|
|Creator:||Peters, James Arthur, 1922-|
|Title:||James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians|
|Dates:||1927-1973 (Papers), 1927-1966 (Records)|
|Quantity:||6.1 linear meters.|
|Collection:||Record Unit 7175|
|Language of Materials:||English|
James A. Peters was born in Durant, Iowa on July 13, 1922. He developed an interest in herpetology as a teenager, which culminated in the acquisition of three academic degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., 1948; M.A., 1950; Ph.D., 1952). While at the University of Michigan he served as a research assistant in the Museum of Zoology (1946-1952) and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Zoology (1952). After receiving his Ph.D., Peters joined the staff of Brown University (1952-1958), advancing from instructor to assistant professor. During the summer of 1956 he was a research associate at Stanford University. From 1958 to 1959 Peters was a Fulbright Lecturer at the Universidad Centrale de Ecuador; he was a visiting professor at Southern Illinois University for the summer of 1959 and accepted an associate professorship at San Fernando Valley State College (SFVSC) in the fall of that year. Peters advanced to full professor at SFVSC, remaining there until February 1964 when he accepted the position of associate curator in the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians of the United States National Museum. He assumed the title "supervisor and curator" of the Division in FY 1967, a title he held until FY 1971. He was named curator, Division of Reptiles and Amphibians in FY 1971 and held that position until his death on December 18, 1972.
James A. Peters' professional responsibilities included membership in many scientific societies. He attended his first meeting of the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) in 1939. He later served on the Board of Governors and various committees. He also served as ASIH secretary (1960-1966); vice-president (1967); and president (1970). He also held advisory or elected positions with the Society of Systematic Zoology, the Southern California Academy of Sciences, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Biological Society of Washington. Within the Smithsonian Peters continued his professional responsibilities by service on the Zoo Research Advisory Committee (National Zoological Park), the Planning Committee for Summer Seminar in Systematics, the Steering Committee for the First International Congress of Systematic Zoology, the International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, the Reptile Group of the Survival Service Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the American Alligator Council, and the Rare and Endangered Species Committee of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife. In 1965 he inaugurated the Smithsonian Herpetological Information Services, which distributed informative material deemed useful to herpetologists but unsuitable for publication, e.g., bibliographies, indices, etc.
The herpetology and zoogeography of Latin America became main subjects of interest for Peters after he did field work on the Mexican Plateau in 1949 and in Michoacan in 1950. His concentration on Ecuador was largely due to the wide scope of biogeographical faunal comparisons available in the Andes Mountains. While completing his doctoral work on the snakes of the subfamily Dipsadinae, he embarked in 1952 upon a long-term research project on the herpetology of Ecuador that resulted in twenty-one published papers. The culmination of his Latin American work was the two-volume Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata co-authored with Braulio Orjas-Miranda and Roberto Donoso-Barrios (1970). Over 100 scientific publications are attributed to James A. Peters, including two books, Classic Papers in Genetics (ed., 1959) and Dictionary of Herpetology (1964). He described seventeen new species or subspecies and had five taxa, four Neotropical amphibians and reptiles, and one snake named for him.
The computer analysis of biogeographic data greatly enhanced Peters' study of the systematics and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. An effective use of this technique was the gathering of comparative cardiac physiology of Ecuadorian snakes and lizards using data obtained from an electrocardiograph. Identification of specimens was another field adaptable to the use of computer technology. In this area of interest Peters developed computer programs that facilitated the identification process by searching on a larger constellation of characters than had previously been employed. Eleven papers were published from 1968 to 1973 on the subject of computer usage. He also founded the newsletter MUDPIE (Museum and University Data Program and Information Exchange) which contained information about computer programs, references, grants, meetings, and related news.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
These papers include both personal and professional correspondence and documents relating to Peters' academic and curatorial careers. Also included are files of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians maintained by Peters' predecessor, Doris Mable Cochran (1898-1968). Correspondents include Jorge W. Abalos, M. Acosta-Solis, Kraig Kerr Adler, Villy Aellen, E. Ross Allen, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Medical Association, American Museum of Natural History, American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists, Steven C. Anderson, Attilio Arillo, Ralph W. Axtell, James P. Bacon, Jr., Gladys C. Banks, Benjamin Harrison Banta, Avelino Barrio, J. C. Battersby, Nina Battersby, Pauline Becker, William Beebe, Beitrage Zur Neotropischen Fauna, Ronald E. Beltz, Paul A. Benson, Frederick Henry Berry, Bio Instrumentation Advisory Council, Sherman Chauncey Bishop, Richard Eliot Blackwelder, Frieda Cobb Blanchard, Ellen Gillespie Block, Charles Mitchell Bogert, James Erwin Bohlke, Werner C. A. Bokermann, Donald D. Brand, Ronald A. Brandon, Bayard Holmes Brattstrom, British Herpetological Society, Donald G. Broadley, L. D. Brongersma, Garnett Ryland Brooks, Jr., John Langdon Brooks, Bryce Cardigan Brown, Frederick Martin Brown, Brown University, Walter Creighton Brown, Maria Buchinger, W. Leslie Burger, A. C. J. Burgers, Charles Earle Burt, William Henry Burt, Robert A. Burton, R. Bruce Bury, Fred Ray Cagle, Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Society, Luis F. Capurro, Dennis S. Carlson, Nan V. Carson, Center for Tropical Studies, University of Michigan, Herman Burleigh Chase, The Chicago Herpetological Society, William M. Clay, Doris Mable Cochran, Nathan Wolf Cohen, Roger Conant, John M. Condit, Congreso Latinamericano de Zoologia, Joseph F. Copp, Robert Copping, Raymond B. Cowles, David Crane, John Davis, Paul E. P. Deraniyagala, Philip H. Derse, Michael W. Dix, James R. Dixon, Roberto Donoso-Barrios (Ref.), Armando Dugand, Roy Frederick Dulin, Jr., Ann Dunham, Emmet Reid Dunn, Delbert G. Easton, Richard A. Edgren, Jr., Lloyd C. Emmons, Francis Cope Evans, Lee C. Finneran, Harvey Irvin Fisher, Henry Sheldon Fitch, Alvin Godfrey Flury, William I. Follett, Keith E. Friedel, John W. Funkhouser, Jose M. Gallardo, Sidney Roland Galler, Carl Gans, Joseph Francis Gennaro, Jr., Howard Kay Gloyd, Coleman Jett Goin, Stanley W. Gorham, Joseph B. Gorman, Chapman Grant, Arthur Merwin Greenhall, Arnold B. Grobman, Eugene Raymond Hall, Rogers D. Hamilton, William John Hamilton, Jr., Garry P. Harned, Francis Harper, Ernest William Hartung, Norman Edouard Hartweg, Werner George Heim, Herpetologists' League, William Atwood Hilton, Richard L. Hoffman, Alphonse Richard Hoge, Theodore Huntington Hubbell, Carl Leavitt Hubbs, Richard G. Hubler, Don Hunsaker II, Victor H. Hutchinson, Robert F. Inger, Instituto Butantan, Instituto Panamericano de Geografia e Historia, International Association For Systematic Zoology, International Biological Programme, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, International Herpetology Society, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Hernando de Irmay, David Lee Jameson, Rolf A. Jensen, Junior Herpetological Society, Brahma S. Kaushiva, Hugh Lawrence Keegan, Laurence Monroe Klauber, Robert Elroy Kuntz, Ernest Albert Lachner, Abdem Ramon Lancini, David A. Langebartel, Carlos M. Larrea, Ronald Lawson, David S. Lee, Donald L. Lehmann, Roberto Levi-Castillo, Alan E. Leviton, Lizard Ecology Symposium, Long Island Herpetological Society, Richard Biggar Loomis, Francis X. Lueth, Douglas MacGregor, Thomas J. McIntyre, Rogers McVaugh, Beni Charan Mahendra, M. Maldonado-Koerdell, Guillermo Mann, Romeo John Mansueti, Paul Schultz Martin, Kevin W. Marx, The Maryland Herpetological Society, Ernst Mayr, Giles W. Mead, John Stephen Mecham, Daniel Merriman, Robert Rush Miller, Eunice Thomas Miner, Francis J. Mitchell, Erna Mohr, John Alexander Moore, George Sprague Myers, National Geographic Society, Walter Ludwig Necker, Wilfred T. Neill, Morris Graham Netting, New York Herpetological Society, Norman Dennis Newell, Clifford Raymond Noll, Jr., Kenneth Stafford Norris, The Ohio Herpetological Society, James Arthur Oliver, The Orange County Herpetological Society, Gustavo Orces, Braulio Orejas-Miranda (Ref.), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Paris), Organization of American States, Lourdes G. Ortega, Juan Jose Parodiz, Georges Pasteur, Dennis R. Paulson, Raymond Andrew Paynter, Jr., James A. Peters, Philadelphia Herpetological Society, David Pimentel, Richard A. Pimentel, Ivo Poglayen-Neuwall, Friedrich Polz, Clifford Hillhouse Pope, Primer Congreso Sudamericano de Zoologia, George B. Rabb, A. Stanley Rand, Neil Dwight Richmond, William J. Riemer, Philip C. Ritterbush, Robert Maar Roecker, Alfred S. Romer, Douglas Anthon Rossman, Barry Rothman, Norma Rothman, Janis A. Roze, Rodolfo Ruibal, Findlay Ewing Russell, Richard W. Russell, Jay M. Savage, Scandinavian Herpetological Society, Herbert Schifter, Karl Patterson Schmidt, Waldo Lasalle Schmitt, Albert Schwartz, Frederick A. Shannon, Charles E. Shaw, Hurst Hugh Shoemaker, R. K. Shrivastava, Charles Gald Sibley, Allan J. Sloan, Paul Slud (Ref.), Hobart Muir Smith, Philip W. Smith, Richard Craine Snyder, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Society for the Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Zoology, Paul Soderberg, The Southern California Academy of Sciences, Southwestern Herpetologists Society, James Juan Spillett, Leonhard Stejneger, Othmar Stemmler, Terry B. Stevenson, William H. Stickel, Laurence Cooper Stuart, Bogdan Sturgen, The Systematics Association, Michael J. Takos, James R. Tamsitt, Wilmer W. Tanner, Aaron M. Taub, Edward H. Taylor, The Tennessee Herpetological Society, E. Titschack, Enrico Tortonese, Robert G. Tuck, Jr., Frederick Brown Turner, Michael J. Tyler, Emil K. Urban, Thomas Marshall Uzzell, Jose Valencia, Stefan Vancea, Paulo Emilio Vanzolini, Jaime D. Villa, Virginia Herpetological Society, John Visser, Zdenek Vogel, Harold K. Voris, Helmuth O. Wagner, David Burton Wake, Charles Frederic Walker, Warren Franklin Walker, Jr., Harlan D. Walley, The Washington Biologists' Field Club, Inc., Robert G. Webb, William Weber (Ref.), John E. Werler, Heinz Wermuth, Yehudah L. Werner, Dawn Xavier Weston, Jr., Kenneth L. Williams, Richard Willnow, James Walter Wilson, Larry David Wilson, Gaston-Francois de Witte, Allyn L. Wood, Lindsay W. Wood, Albert Hazen Wright (Ref.), John W. Wright, David Zaid, William Zipperer, The Zoological Society of London, George R. Zug, Richard George Zweifel.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
- Cochran, Doris M. (Doris Mabel), 1898-
- Division of Reptiles and Amphibians (NMNH). Department of Vertebrate Zoology (NMNH)
- Peters, James Arthur, 1922-
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7175, Peters, James Arthur, 1922-, James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
Series 1CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
This record series is a compilation of two complete and previously separate files as well as one incomplete file. Due to the similarity in the nature and subject matter, the three files were combined into one alphabetic series. The largest volume of correspondence is incoming and outgoing Peters correspondence, both professional and personal. To a lesser extent professional and personal correspondence exists for other members of the staff - Doris Mable Cochran, Robert G. Tuck, Jr., and George R. Zug. The subject matter is largely confined to specimen identification, meetings of scientific societies, and requests for scientific papers.
Abalos, J. W.
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Museum of Natural History
Axtell, R. W.
Bacon, James P., Jr.
Banks, Gladys C.
Banta, Benjamin H.
Battersby, J. C.
Beltz, Ronald E.
Benson, Paul A.
Beitrage zur Neotropischen Fauna
Berry, Frederick H.
Bio Instrumentation Advisory Council
Bishop, Sherman C.
Blackwelder, Richard E.
Blanchard, Frieda Cobb
Block, Ellen Gillespie
Bogert, Charles M.
Bokermann, Werner C. A.
Brand, Donald D.
Brandon, Ronald A.
Brattstrom, Bayard H.
Brill, E. J. (Book dealers)
British Museum (Natural History)
Broadley, Donald G.
Brongersma, L. D.
Brooks, Garnett R., Jr.
Brooks, John L.
Brown, Bryce C.
Brown, F. Martin
Brown, Walter C.
Burger, W. Leslie, Jr.
Burt, Charles E.
Burt, William H.
Bury, R. Bruce
Cagle, Fred R.
California Academy of Sciences
Capurro, Luis F.
Carlson, Dennis S.
Carson, Nan V.
Chase, Herman B.
Chicago Natural History Museum
Cochran, Doris M.
Cohen, Nathan W.
Condit, John M.
Cook, Fannye A.
Copp, Joseph F.
Cowles, Raymond B.
Deraniyagala, P. E. P.
Derse, Philip H.
Dix, Michael W.
Doxon, James R.
Dunn, Emmet R.
Edgren, Richard A.
Emmons, Lloyd C.
Evans, Francis C.
Finneran, Lee C.
Fisher, H. I.
Fitch, Henry S.
Follett, W. I.
Funkhouser, John W.
G (2 folders)
Gallardo, Jose M.
Galler, Sidney R.
Gennaro, Joseph F., Jr.
Gloyd, Howard K.
Goin, Coleman J.
Gorham, Stanley W.
Greenhall, Arthur M.
Grobman, Arnold B.
Hall, E. R.
Hamilton, Rodgers Dean
Hamilton, W. J., Jr.
Harned, Garry D.
Hartung, Ernest W.
Heim, Werner G.
Hilton, William A.
Hoffman, Richard L.
Hoge, Alphonse R.
Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company
Hubbell, Theodore H.
Hubbs, Carl L.
Hutchison, Victor H.
Inger, Robert F.
Department of the Interior
Irmay, Hernando de
Jameson, David L.
Keegan, Hugh L.
Klauber, L. M.
Krieger, Robert E.
Kuntz, Robert E.
Lachner, Ernest A.
Lancini, Abdem Ramon
Langebartel, David A.
Larrea, Carlos M.
Lee, David S.
Lehmann, Donald L.
Levitan, Alan E.
Lewontin, Richard C.
Liu, C. C.
Los Angeles State College
Lueth, Francis X.
McIntyre, T. J.
Mahendra, Beni Charan
Marx, Kevin W.
Mead, Giles W.
Mecham, John S.
Miller, Robert R.
Miner, Eunice Thomas
Mitchell, Francis J.
Moore, John A.
Myers, George S.
National Geographic Society
Necker, Walter L.
Neill, Wilfred T.
Netting, M. Graham
Newell, Norman D.
Noll, Clifford R., Jr.
Norris, Kenneth S.
Oliver, James A.
Ortega, Lourdes G.
Parodiz, Juan J.
Paulson, Dennis R.
Paynter, Raymond A., Jr.
Pimentel, Richard A. and David
Pope, Clifford H.
Rand, A. Stanley
Richmond, Neil D.
Riemer, William J.
Ritterbush, Philip C.
Roecker, Robert M.
Romer, Alfred S.
Rossman, Douglas A.
Rothman, Barry and Norma
Roze, Janis A.
Russell, Findlay E.
Ryan, Paul F.
Savage, Jay M.
Schmidt, Karl P.
Schmitt, Waldo L.
Schroeder, Jacl R.
Shannon, Fred A.
Shaw, Charles E.
Shoemaker, Hurst H.
Shrivastava, R. K.
Sibley, Charles G.
Slevin, Joseph R.
Sloan, Allan J.
Smith, B. M.
Smith, Hobart M.
Smith, Philip W.
Snyder, Richard C.
Southern Illinois University
Spillett, James J.
State of New Jersey
Stevenson, Terry B.
Stickel, William H.
Stuart, L. C.
Swade, Luana C. (Illustrator)
Takos, Michael J.
Tamsitt, J. R.
Tanner, Wilmer W.
Tanzer, Ernest C.
Taub, Aaron M.
Taylor, Edward H.
Turin Museum (Istituto e Museo Di Zoologia)
Turner, Frederick B.
Tyler, James C.
Tyler, Michael J.
U. S. National Museum
University of California (Los Angeles)
University of Illinois
University of Michigan
Uzzell, Thomas M., Jr.
Urban, Emil K.
Vanzolini, P. E.
Voris, Harold K.
Wagner, Helmuth O.
Wake, David B.
Walker, Charles F.
Walker, Warren F., Jr.
Walley, Harlan D.
Webb, Robert G.
Webster, T. D.
Werner, Yehudah L.
Weston, Dawn Xavier, Jr.
Williams, Kenneth L.
Wilson, J. Walter
Wilson, Larry David
de Witte, Gaston-Francois
Wood, Allyn L.
Wood, Lindsay W.
Wright, John W.
Zug, George R.
Zweifel, Richard G.
Series 2SOCIETIES, MEETINGS, CONGRESSES, SYMPOSIUMS, ETC., 1940-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
Correspondence in this series pertains to scientific organizations and documents Peters' participation in these organizations. Also included are newsletters, form letters for committee members, and information brochures. Foreign societies are alphabetized utilizing the foreign language spelling.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
AAAS Symposia, 1966
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
American Medical Association
American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), 1940-1963
ASIH San Francisco, 1967
ASIH Agenda, 1967
ASIH Agenda, 1969
ASIH Board of Governors, 1968
ASIH Agenda, 1970
ASIH Monograph Series
ASIH Manuscript Review
ASIH Income Tax
ASIH Conservation Committee
ASIH Committee for Increased Participation
ASIH Committee on Publications Secretary
ASIH Nomenclature Committee
ASIH Committee on Zoological Nomenclature, 1956-1960
ASIH Committee on Zoological Nomenclature, 1964-1967
ASIH Committee on Zoological Nomenclature, 1967-1970 (2 folders)
ASIH Committee on Zoological Nomenclature - Papers
ASIH Committee on Zoological Nomenclature - ZN (S) 1704, Coluber Chimetla
ASIH - "Preserved Specimen Records and Notes on All Phases of Herpetology," by James A. Peters
American Society of Zoologists
Association for the Advancement of Biomedical Education
Association for Tropical Biology (ATB) (2 folders)
ATB Editorial Planning Committee
Biological Society of Washington
British Herpetological Society
Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Society
Center for Tropical Studies, University of Michigan
Chicago Herpetological Society
DATA International Assistance Corps
Friends of the Smithsonian Institution (Senate of Scientists)
Instituto Panamericano de Geogratia e Historia
International Andean Year (UNESCO)
International Association for Systematic Zoology
International Biological Program (IBP) (2 folders)
IBP - Blair
IBP - Caracas, Venezuela, 1967
International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
International Conference on Systematic Biology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1967
First International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB)
ICSEB Computer Revolution in Systematics Symposium, 1972
Fifteenth International Congress of Zoology
Sixteenth International Congress of Zoology (2 folders)
Seventeenth International Congress of Zoology (3 folders)
International Congress of Herpetology
International Herpetology Society
International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
Investigaciones Cientificas del Tropicos
Junior Herpetological Society
Latin American Congress of Zoology
Second Latin American Congress of Zoology
Third Latin American Congress of Zoology
Fourth Latin American Congress of Zoology
Fifth Latin American Congress of Zoology
Latin American Science Board
Symposium of Lizard Ecology
Long Island Herpetological Society
Marquis Biographical Library Society
Maryland Herpetological Society
Near East College Association
New York Herpetological Society
Ohio Herpetological Society
Orange County Herpetological Society
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
Organization of American States
Primer Congreso Sudaamericano de Zoologia
Philadelphia Herpetological Society
Scandinavian Herpetological Society
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (2 folders)
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society of Systematic Zoology
Society of Systematic Zoology, Boston Meeting 1953
Society of Systematic Zoology, IBP
Society of Systematic Zoology Monograph Committee
Southern California Academy of Sciences
Southwestern Herpetologists Society
The Systematics Association
Symposia on Systematics
Tennessee Herpetological Society
Virginia Herpetological Society
Washington Biologists' Field Club, Inc. (2 folders)
Zoological Society of London
Series 3MANUSCRIPTS, 1942-1972. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
This series consists of Peters' typescripts or written notes. Included are papers written for college credit, as well as published papers, especially relative to Ecuador. The alphabetical listing is most often filed by the Latin name of the specimen rather than the correct title of the paper.
Alligator - Manuscript
Alligator - Correspondence
Ameiva - General
Ameiva septemlineata subspecies Nova
American Alligator Council - Report
Biological Textbook - Manuscript
"A New Approach in the Analysis of Biogeographic Data"
"Biostatistical Programs in 'Basic' Language for the Time-Shared Computer," 1970
"Use and Misuse of the Biotic Province Concept"
"The Scientific Name of the American Puff Adder"
"On the Proper Allocation of the Trivial Name 'Venezuelensis' in the Genus Bothrops (Viperidae, Serpentes)"
Caecilia Electrocardiography Manuscript
Career Opportunities in Evolution
Classic Papers on Genetics
Classic Papers on Genetics - Second Edition
Clines in Herpetology
Computadoras de Tiempo Compartido
Symposium on Computers, Mexico City, 1967
Computerized Loan Records for Museum Collections
Data Sheets on Central and South American Specimens
Dean Bibliography of Fishes, 1968
Dictionary of Herpetology - Permissions
Dictionary of Herpetology - Letters
Dipsadinae - Supplement
Duke, J. A. - Polyclaves
Ecuadorian Snakes - American Museum of Natural History
Ecuadorian Lizards (2 folders)
Ecuadorian Lizards - Miscellaneous Notes
Ecuadorian Lizards - Types
Equatorial National Park
Ecuadorian Snakes - Stanford University
Ecuadorian Snakes - Checklist Keys (2 folders)
Origins and Zoogeography of the Reptile Fauna of Ecuador
Extinction: Its Causes and Results
A Computer Program for Calculating Degree of Biogeographical Resemblance Between Areas
Gonyosoma / Elaphe
Hazel, Joe - Rebuttal to the Use of Cluster Analysis in Biogeography
Hennig, Willi - Review
Herpetology in Modern China, 1968
Hibernation in Terrestrial Ectotherms and the Evolution of Thermoregulation
Museum of Natural History (MNH) Exhibit Story, 1969
Quintana Roo - Instituto Polytechnico de Mexico
Rana maculata ZN (S) 1750
Reelfoot Lake Data
Rexraod Snake Fossils - Genus Heterodon from the Pliocene of Kansas
Sierra de Coalcoman, 1950-1951
Serpentes - Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1970
Stejneger, Leonhard H.
A Note on the Concept of Subspecies for VHS Bulletin
The Role of Time-Share Computing in Museum Research
The Time-Shared Computer as an Adjunct to Museum Exhibits
A Report on an Experiment Combining a Time-Shared Computer and a Public Exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History
Turtle Traffic, 1972
Type Locality Restrictions in Nomenclatorial Procedure
The Proper Citation for Certain Species Described by Tschudi
Comments on the Valid Emendation of -ii Endings of Patronyms ZN (S) 1913
Stability in Zoological Nomenclature, 1971
Series 4PUBLISHERS, 1955-1969. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
Correspondence documents publication of Peters' books and scientific papers and includes general information about the various publishers.
W. H. Freeman and Company - Introduction to Herpetology, Third Edition
Hafner Publishing Company
Johns Hopkins Press
C. V. Mosby Company
Series 5PUBLICATION REQUESTS, 1946-1973. UNARRANGED.
Included are miscellaneous reprint requests for papers by Peters or other members of the staff of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians. Information on book dealers, book orders and price lists are also included in this series.
Reprint Requests, 1957-1973
Linnaeus Reprint, 1954-1956
Requests - Reptiles, Vietnam, 1970-1973
Requests - Bragg and Cochran Papers, 1969-1971
Publications - Price list, 1946-1960
Books - Book Dealers, 1951-1966
Book Orders, 1962-1964
Series 6RESEARCH AWARDS, 1950-1970. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
Correspondence documents Peters' application for awards. Grants and awards received include those from the American Philosophical Society (1954); Brown University (1954); National Academy of Science (1956); Fulbright Program - Ecuador (1958-1959); Casa de la Cultura, Ecuador (1959); Universidad Nacional, Ecuador (1959); National Science Foundation (1962-1964); National Institutes of Health (1962-1963); and the Smithsonian Research Award (1965).
Grants / Funds / Foundations Information, 1953-1955, 1965
American Philosophical Society Grant, 1953-1955
Bustard Crocodile Project, 1965-1966
Fulbright Professorship - Ecuador and Italy, 1950-1959
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1968
National Academy of Science, 1957
National Institutes of Health Grant, 1957-1964
National Institutes of Health / National Science Foundation - Expenditure Receipts for Research Project, June - September 1962
National Institutes of Health / National Science Foundation - Ecuador, 1962-1966
National Science Foundation - Ecuador, 1961-1962
National Science Foundation - Ecuador (Miscellaneous), 1962, 1965
National Science Foundation - Grant Expenditures, 1959-1964
Smithsonian Research Awards, 1962-1967
Smithsonian Catalogue of Neotropical Squamata, 1966-1969
Smithsonian - Ecuador, 1965
Smithsonian - Ecuador, June 1966
Smithsonian - Ecuador Exchange Program, 1962
Smithsonian - Ecuador, Gustavo Orces' U.S. trip, 1965-1967
Smithsonian Research Proposals for the Investigations of the Mediterranean Using the R/V Phykos (Smithsonian Research Vessel), 1970
Naval Medical Research Institute - Vietnam, 1967-1969
Letters of Introduction, 1962, 1965
Collecting Permits, c. 1950-1954
Series 7COMPUTERS and COMPUTER USAGE, 1960-1973. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
This series consists in the most part of computer runs for the time-share computer system. Peters established a fund for the use of computer time by Smithsonian scientists. This data is often filed under the name of the scientist involved.
CEIR Time-Share Computer, 1966-1968
Chain Gang, 1967-1971
CLUSTD, 1967, 1970
Computer Keys - Bothrops, c. 1970
Computer Programs, 1967-1971
Computer Speeches, 1967
Diagnosis Printer Program, 1970
Heatwole and MacKenzie - Puerto Rico, c. 1967
Lachner and Jenkins, 1970
Multi-Access Computer Logs and Records (Time-Share Computing), 1967-1968
Mathatron - IBM, 1965-1966
Museum and University Data, Program and Information Exchange (MUDPIE), 1968-1972 (2 folders)
Public Program (CEIR), 1968-1969
Peru Material - Giles W. Mead, 1968-1971
Savage - Desert Data, 1960
Slud's Bird Data, Costa Rica, c. 1967
Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service - Incoming Requests, 1966-1973
Systematic Keys [Most of these removed 6/11/1973 by L. Morse, Harvard], c. 1968
TAXIR Demonstration Working Papers, 1968
Theoretical Analysis, c. 1970
Time-Share Computer Use Records, c. 1971
William Weber Matrix (Mosses of the World), 1972
Series 8NON-SMITHSONIAN FILES, 1937-1966. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
The series consists of files originating before 1964 when Peters came to the Smithsonian. They appear to have been kept for Peters' personal information. The bulk of this series consists of lecture notes.
Amphibians and Reptiles - Lecture Notes, c. 1948
Biology Identification and Criticism (New Concept in Teaching Biology to Freshmen at Brown University), 1956-1958
Biology Identification and Criticism (Response to American Institute of Biological Sciences Article), c. 1953-1957
CalBioChem (California Foundation for Biochemical Research, Undergraduate Research Grant, San Fernando Valley State College), 1961
Examination Papers (Exams given by Peters while at San Fernando Valley State College), 1960-1964
Generic / Suprageneric - Classification and Phylogenies, Bibliographic Notes, c. 1948-1950
Herpetology, Class Notes, c. 1951
Herpetology Seminar, Class Notes and Bibliography, c. 1951
Indices ("The Osteology of Reptiles" by S. W. Williston)
Invoices (Completed) Borrowed Material, 1951-1967
Latin American Studies Program, San Fernando Valley State College, 1960-1961
Leiolopisma Notes and Correspondence, c. 1937-1949
University of Maryland (Copeia), 1963
Peters' Master of Arts in Teaching material, Brown University, 1957-1958
Polydactylism and Polymely, Notes
San Fernando Valley State College, 1959-1965
San Fernando Valley State College, Curriculum Forums, c. 1960
Speeches / Talks
Value of Systematics, Articles and Notes, 1952-1966
Teiidae (UZZ) (Correspondence with Thomas M. Uzzell, Jr.), 1958-1960
Television Program Correspondence, 1953
Veteran's Administration, 1945-1959
Series 9SMITHSONIAN-RELATED FILES, 1962-1971. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.
The series consists of files originating after 1964 which document Peters' job-related duties while employed by the Institution. Curatorial and administrative functions are included.
Peters' Smithsonian Institution Record, 1962-1973
Biological Abstracts (Correspondence re: Peters as abstracter), 1963-1972
New Wing of National Museum of Natural History - Space Allocation, 1964-1965
S. Dillon Ripley Memos, 1964-1969
Peters Travel, 1964-1972
Travel Materials - Trip Reports, 1968-1972
Ralph Axtell Petition re: nomenclature, 1965
Docents' Letters, 1965
American Heritage Dictionary (re: Peters' capacity as consultant), 1965-1968
Post-Doctorals (SI), 1966-1967
Smithsonian Annual Report, Peters' draft, FY 1967
Summer Systematics Conference - SI Committee, 1966-1971
Open House, Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, December 31, 1966
University of Illinois Centennial Speech, October 27, 1967 (Includes correspondence and travel papers)
Third Annual Open House, Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, May 18, 1968
SI Long-Range Planning Committee, 1970
Unfiled Material, c. 1947-1968
Series 10PETERS' PERSONAL PAPERS, 1935-1969. UNARRANGED.
These papers generally do not deal with the professional aspects of Peters' career. However an exception is the existence of some research plans in Peters' "Idea" notebook.
Personal - Miscellaneous (Includes notes, exams, identification, clippings, grade reports, photographs, and research plans), c. 1935-1971
Correspondence - Family, 1946-1956
Peters' Citations, Diplomas, etc., 1939-1969
Peters' Idea Notebook, c. 1953-1964
Calendars with notations, 1940-1941
Calendar with notations, 1942
Series 11DIVISION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS OUTGOING SHIPPING INVOICES, C. 1938-1964. ARRANGED BY SUBJECT.
These are official records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians and appear to have been originally maintained by Doris Mable Cochran.
Specimens sent as a gift
Specimens sent as exchange
Specimens sent for examination at Division's request
Return of material borrowed by Division
Return of material sent here for identification
Series 12DIVISION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS INCOMING SHIPPING INVOICES, C. 1938-1966. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
These are official records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians and appear to have been originally maintained by Doris Mable Cochran.
A-Q (17 folders)
R-W, Z (7 folders)
Series 13DIVISION OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS CURATORIAL PAPERS (DORIS MABLE COCHRAN), 1927-1966. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
These records appear to have been information files originated and maintained by Doris Mable Cochran while employed at the Smithsonian. Files were probably used by Peters for reference.
Annual Reports, 1927-1959 (3 folders)
Annual Reports, 1960-1965
Control File (Carbons), 1961-1964
Correspondence (re: specimens loaned and not returned), c. 1941-1957
Data Formerly Left Inside Catalogue Books and Information About the Collection
Data on Zoo Specimens, Casts, etc., c. 1929-1937
Tentative Plans for Exhibits, Cold-Blooded Vertebrates, 1943
Reptile Exhibit, Correspondence (Exhibit models and exhibit labels), 1948-1961
Hall of Oceanic Life (#16), Topical outline, 1960-1964
Old Notes on Cases for Hall #29, 1960-1964
Hall #29, Cold-Blooded Vertebrates, 1961 renewal
Hall #29 - Labels, exhibits, accessories, 1962-1966 (Includes correspondence, official memos, and photographs)
Hall #29 - Old casts; New freeze-dried, c. 1964
Hall #30, Osteology, 1962-1964 (Includes specimen case layout of Hall #28, 1964)
International Congress of Zoology (ICZ) Exhibit, 1963
Live Pets Kept in the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, 1955-1958
Management Improvement Program, 1949-1954
Manuscripts, Editors' Memos (Mainly re: Smithsonian publications), 1957-1964
Museum Techniques (e.g., data processing), c. 1963
President's Scientific Research Board, 1947
Report to Committee on Geographical Exploration; also other plans for exploration and collecting, 1946-1947
Research Programs - Completed and in progress, 1951-1962
Scientific names not in catalogue - checking completed by Doris M. Cochran
Work Load Reports, 1950-1964
Series 14NOTE CARDS AND SLIDES, C. 1956-1964. UNARRANGED.
These records were an added acquisition to the collection from the Division of Fishes after the collection had been processed. The note cards appear to have served as a personal reference source; the slides were used to illustrate talks given by Peters.
Card Index to Specimens - Lists page reference, family, habitat, modern name, location of type, range, references to revisions, etc.
Snake Record Cards, 1956-1964
Anatomy of Collared Lizards - Bibliographic card file
Hibernation - Note cards
Key Talk - 3 1/4"x4" glass slides
Talks given by Peters - Note cards, c. 1956-1958
Zoogeography talk - 3 1/4" x 4" slides
Series 15FIELD NOTES, 1946-1965.
Field Notes, 1954-1959
Field Notes - Mexico, c. 1949 (3 folders)
Field Notes, 1950-1965
Herpetology Field Notes, 1946
Field Notes of Martin Imms, 1956
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