SIA RU007234, Bassler, Ray S (Ray Smith) b. 1878, Ray S. Bassler Papers, 1875-1961 and undated

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Summary

Creator:
Bassler, Ray S (Ray Smith) b. 1878
Title:
Ray S. Bassler Papers, 1875-1961 and undated
Dates:
1875, 1875-1961, 1875-1961 and undated
Notes:
Ray S. Bassler (1878-1961) was born in Philadelphia. Bassler spent his childhood in Cincinnati where he came into personal contact with some noted geologists, including Charles Schuchert, Carl Ludwig Rominger, and Edward Oscar Ulrich. While in high school, Bassler sold fossils for Ulrich
In 1902, Bassler received a B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1903 and 1905, respectively, from George Washington University. From 1904 to 1948 he was an Assistant Professor of Geology there
Bassler joined the United States National Museum staff as Assistant Curator in the Department of Geology's Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology in 1904. Three years later he was promoted to Curator in the Department's Division of Invertebrate Paleontology. From 1910 to 1922 he was Curator of the Division of Paleontology, and from 1923 to 1928, Curator of the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology. In 1929 he was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Geology, a position which he held until his retirement in 1948 when he was appointed Associate in Paleontology
Bassler's main interest was with the Tertiary Polyzoa of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. In this study, he collaborated with Ferdinand Canu of France from 1905 to 1931
Summary:
These papers consist of Bassler's incoming and outgoing correspondence and a manuscript on Australian Tertiary Bryozoa with plates created during his tenure at the United States National Museum; and photographs, primarily of his family. Correspondence documents the identification and exchange of specimens; publications of scientific articles; the administration of the Department of Geology; and the effects of World War II on European scientific research, libraries, and museum geological collections. For the earlier years, there are no copies of Bassler's outgoing correspondence. Also included is correspondence addressed to Edward Oscar Ulrich and Charles D. Walcott. The Tertiary Bryozoa manuscript with annotations and plates was written by Bassler and Ferdinand Canu of France
Topics:
Geology, Paleontology
Subjects:
Rominger, Carl Ludwig 1820-1907, Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927, Ulrich, Edward Oscar 1857-1944, Canu, Ferdinand 1863-1932, Schuchert, Charles 1858-1942, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Geology, University of Cincinnati, George Washington University, United States National Museum Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, United States National Museum Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, United States National Museum Division of Paleontology
Form/Genre:
Photographs, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU007234
Physical Description:
1.2 linear meters

Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7234

Bassler, Ray S, (Ray Smith), b. 1878

Ray S. Bassler Papers, 1875-1961 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Bassler, Ray S, (Ray Smith), b. 1878
Title: Ray S. Bassler Papers
Dates: 1875-1961 and undated
Quantity: 1.2 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 7234
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

Ray S. Bassler (1878-1961) was born in Philadelphia. Bassler spent his childhood in Cincinnati where he came into personal contact with some noted geologists, including Charles Schuchert, Carl Ludwig Rominger, and Edward Oscar Ulrich. While in high school, Bassler sold fossils for Ulrich.

In 1902, Bassler received a B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1903 and 1905, respectively, from George Washington University. From 1904 to 1948 he was an Assistant Professor of Geology there.

Bassler joined the United States National Museum staff as Assistant Curator in the Department of Geology's Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology in 1904. Three years later he was promoted to Curator in the Department's Division of Invertebrate Paleontology. From 1910 to 1922 he was Curator of the Division of Paleontology, and from 1923 to 1928, Curator of the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology. In 1929 he was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Geology, a position which he held until his retirement in 1948 when he was appointed Associate in Paleontology.

Bassler's main interest was with the Tertiary Polyzoa of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. In this study, he collaborated with Ferdinand Canu of France from 1905 to 1931.

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Introduction

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Descriptive Entry

These papers consist of Bassler's incoming and outgoing correspondence and a manuscript on Australian Tertiary Bryozoa with plates created during his tenure at the United States National Museum; and photographs, primarily of his family. Correspondence documents the identification and exchange of specimens; publications of scientific articles; the administration of the Department of Geology; and the effects of World War II on European scientific research, libraries, and museum geological collections. For the earlier years, there are no copies of Bassler's outgoing correspondence. Also included is correspondence addressed to Edward Oscar Ulrich and Charles D. Walcott. The Tertiary Bryozoa manuscript with annotations and plates was written by Bassler and Ferdinand Canu of France.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7234, Bassler, Ray S, (Ray Smith), b. 1878, Ray S. Bassler Papers

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Container List

Series 1

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1875-1961 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Box 1

Folder 1 A, 1901-1956

Box 1 of 11

Folder 2 Aldrich, Henry Ray, 1940-1959

Box 1 of 11

Folder 3 Ba-Bo, 1903-1954

Box 1 of 11

Folder 4 Br-Bu, 1900-1960

Box 1 of 11

Folder 5 Bassler, R.S., biographical data, undated

Box 1 of 11

Folder 6 Bather, F.A., 1906, 1916

Box 1 of 11

Folder 7 Ca-Ch, 1904-1960

Box 1 of 11

Folder 8 Ci-Co, 1905-1959

Box 1 of 11

Folder 9 Cr-Cu, 1902-1960

Box 1 of 11

Box 2

Folder 1 Bassler, Ray S., letters to Canu, Ferdinand, 1911-1932, 1940

Box 2 of 11

Folder 2 Canu, Ferdinand, letters to Bassler, Ray S., 1905-1932, 1940

Box 2 of 11

Folder 3 Carmichael, Leonard, 1959

Box 2 of 11

Folder 4 Cloud, Preston E., 1934-1951

Box 2 of 11

Folder 5 D, 1905-1961

Box 2 of 11

Folder 6 Deiss, Charles F., 1932-1946

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Folder 7 E, 1903-1956

Box 2 of 11

Folder 8 Elias, Maxim Kondradovich, 1940-1956

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Folder 9 F, 1904-1960

Box 2 of 11

Box 3

Folder 1 G, 1894-1958

Box 3 of 11

Folder 2 Goldring, Winifred, 1924-1949

Box 3 of 11

Folder 3 Ha, 1902-1958

Box 3 of 11

Folder 4 He-Hy, 1906-1959

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Folder 5 Hibbard, Raymond R., 1917-1955

Box 3 of 11

Folder 6 Howell, Benjamin, F., 1925-1954

Box 3 of 11

Folder 7 I, 1908-1957

Box 3 of 11

Folder 8 J, 1906-1957

Box 3 of 11

Folder 9 Ka-Ki, 1905-1958

Box 3 of 11

Folder 10 Kl-Ku, 1905-1956

Box 3 of 11

Box 4

Folder 1 La, 1906-1956

Box 4 of 11

Folder 2 Le-Ly, 1902-1959

Box 4 of 11

Folder 3 Loeblich, Alfred R., Jr., 1938-1946

Box 4 of 11

Folder 4 Ma, 1903-1957

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Folder 5 Mc, 1906-1953

Box 4 of 11

Folder 6 Me-Mu, 1902-1958

Box 4 of 11

Folder 7 Miller, miscellaneous, 1875-1942

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Folder 8 Moore, Raymond C., 1926-1961

Box 4 of 11

Box 5

Folder 1 Na-Ne, 1907-1960

Box 5 of 11

Folder 2 Ni-Ny, 1910-1956

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Folder 3 O, 1909-1960

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Folder 4 Osborn, Raymond C., 1906-1955

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Folder 5 Pa-Pl, 1904-1958

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Folder 6 Po-Pu, 1905-1954

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Folder 7 Q, 1934-1939

Box 5 of 11

Box 6

Folder 1 Ra-Ri, 1905-1954

Box 6 of 11

Folder 2 Rob-Rod, 1914-1960

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Folder 3 Rog-Rom, 1904-1959

Box 6 of 11

Folder 4 Rot-Roy, 1904-1942

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Folder 5 Ru, 1905-1947

Box 6 of 11

Folder 6 Recommendation, Letters of, 1934-1952

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Folder 7 Reimann, Irving G., 1931-1950

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Folder 8 Resser, Charles Elmer, 1923-1931

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Folder 9 Richter, Rudolf, 1926-1957

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Folder 10 Sa, 1906-1958

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Folder 11 Sc, 1901-1959

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Folder 12 Se, 1931-1951

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Folder 13 Sha, 1905-1951

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Folder 14 Si, 1899-1956

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Folder 15 Sl, 1905-1951

Box 6 of 11

Box 7

Folder 1 Sm, 1920-1959

Box 7 of 11

Folder 1A Smithsonian Centennial, 1939-1946

Box 7 of 11

Folder 2 Sn-So, 1931-1958

Box 7 of 11

Folder 3 Sp, 1929-1954

Box 7 of 11

Folder 4 Sta, 1934-1949

Box 7 of 11

Folder 5 Ste-Sti, 1920-1945

Box 7 of 11

Folder 6 Sto, 1914-1950

Box 7 of 11

Folder 7 Stu, 1940-1958

Box 7 of 11

Folder 8 Su, 1926-1940

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Folder 9 Sw, 1916-1957

Box 7 of 11

Folder 10 Sardeson, Frederick W., 1904-1959

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Folder 11 Smith, Stanley, 1925-1950

Box 7 of 11

Folder 12 Springer, Edward T., 1936-1956

Box 7 of 11

Folder 13 Springer, Eva and Ada, 1943-1960

Box 7 of 11

Folder 14 Springer, Frank, 1903-1927

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Folder 15 Stach, Leo, 1933-1939

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Folder 16 Strange Letters received by Merrill, George P., and Bassler, Ray S., 1901-1955

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Folder 17 Strimple, Harrell L., 1934-1954

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Folder 18 Swartz, Frank M., 1932-1950

Box 7 of 11

Box 8

Folder 1 Ta-Te, 1907-1958

Box 8 of 11

Folder 2 Th, 1920-1956

Box 8 of 11

Folder 3 Ti-To, 1920-1952

Box 8 of 11

Folder 4 Tr-Tw, 1905-1947

Box 8 of 11

Folder 5 Thomas, H. Dighton, 1932-1959

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Folder 6 Train, Agnes and Percy, 1921-1943

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Folder 7 Twenhofel, William Henry, 1911-1955

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Folder 8 U, 1901-1959

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Folder 9 Va, 1905-1959

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Folder 10 Ve-Vo, 1909-1952

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Folder 11 Voight, Ehrhard, 1922-1960

Box 8 of 11

Box 9

Folder 1 Wad-Wak, 1911-1947

Box 9 of 11

Folder 2 Wal-Wan, 1906-1954

Box 9 of 11

Folder 3 War-Wat, 1905-1950

Box 9 of 11

Folder 4 Web-Wel, 1904-1949

Box 9 of 11

Folder 5 Wen-Wes, 1926-1958

Box 9 of 11

Folder 6 Wh, 1881-1959

Box 9 of 11

Folder 7 Wib-Wie, 1913-1954

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Folder 8 Wil, 1912-1948

Box 9 of 11

Folder 9 Win-Wit, 1920-1938

Box 9 of 11

Folder 10 Wo-Wr, 1908-1951

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Folder 11 Ward, F.H. (Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Inc.), 1918-1947

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Folder 12 Wetmore, Alexander, 1926-1947

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Folder 13 W.P.A. (Assistants in Geology), 1936-1940

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Folder 14 Y, 1930, 1956

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Folder 15 Z, 1930-1946

Box 9 of 11

Series 2

MANUSCRIPT ON AUSTRALIAN TERTIARY BRYOZOA, CIRCA 1935.

Box 9

Folders 16-18 "Observations on the Tertiary Bryozoa of Victoria, Australia," by Ferdinand Canu and Ray S. Bassler, circa 1935

Box 9 of 11

Series 3

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1890-1921 AND UNDATED.

Box 9

Folder 19 Photographs (primarily of family), 1890-1921 and undated (prints)

Box 9 of 11

Box 10

Glass Plates - Most Likely of the Bassler Family, c. 1895-1920

Folder 1 The swimming place, Lebanon, Georgia

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Folder 2 Boy reading

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Folder 3 Small dog

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Folder 4 Woman, boy and dog on porch

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Folder 5 Man and woman holding newspaper with "Armistice Signed" headline

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Folder 6 Woman and dog on porch

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Folder 7 Dog "sits up and begs" for a treat

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Folder 8 Woman and dog on porch

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Folder 9 Woman and boy

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Folder 10 Group, Summer 1912, Long Beach, California

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Folders 11-14 Copy of studio portrait of little boy

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Folder 15 Mansion or hotel on cliff over looking beach

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Folder 16 Two boys - studying and with machinery

Box 10 of 11

Folder 17 Copy of same studio portraits as folders 11-14 sequence - different pose

Box 10 of 11

Folder 18 Woman and boy (same as in folder 9)

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Folder 19 Boy in laboratory or darkroom

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Folder 20 Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

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Folder 21 Specimen cabinets in laboratory

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Folder 22 Man examining photographs; microscope in background

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Folder 23 Mr. Harper, 1897

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Folder 24 Woman and boy on porch

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Folder 25 Woman and boy in office

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Folder 26 Interior - three women and boy

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Folder 27 Woman holding cat

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Folder 28 Interior - family group

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Folder 29 man at microscope

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Folder 30 Boy with dog

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Folder 31 Studio portrait of boy

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Folder 32 Woman with dog, on steps of house

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Folder 33 Two men on porch

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Folders 34-35 Man and boy in office

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Folder 36 Man, boy and woman in office

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Folder 37 Woman and boy in laboratory

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Folder 38 Two men collecting rock samples

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Folders 39-40 U.S. Capitol, seen through trees

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Box 11

Copy Negatives

Box 11 of 11

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