SIA RU007329, Girty, George Herbert 1869-1939, George Herbert Girty Papers, 1896-1948 and undated

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Summary

Creator:
Girty, George Herbert 1869-1939
Title:
George Herbert Girty Papers, 1896-1948 and undated
Dates:
1896, 1896-1948, 1896-1948 and undated
Notes:
George Herbert Girty (1869-1939) was an invertebrate paleontologist specializing in the study of Carboniferous formations and fauna. He was educated at Yale University, receiving the A.B. in 1892 and the Ph.D. in 1894. After a postgraduate year at Stanford University, Girty was appointed Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 1895. He remained with the USGS for the remainder of his career, an association that lasted over 44 years. While best known for his research on Permian faunas, Girty was also an expert on Mississippian and Pennsylvanian invertebrates of the western United States
Summary:
This collection consists mostly of correspondence documenting Girty's paleontological research and his official duties with the USGS. A large file of general correspondence contains letters concerning his research on Carboniferous invertebrates; his USGS work, especially reports on specimens sent in for identification; field work of Girty and other USGS geologists and paleontologists; and the preparation, publication, and review of scientific manuscripts. The collection also includes a partial file of Girty's outgoing correspondence. These letters document his field work, 1913-1915, as well as his research and USGS affairs. A small amount of biographical and autobiographical information on Girty is included in the collection
Topic:
Paleontology
Subjects:
Girty, George Herbert 1869-1939, Geological Survey (U.S.), Yale University, Stanford University
Form/Genre:
Mixed archival materials, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU007329
Physical Description:
0.8 linear meter

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

Record Unit 7329

Girty, George Herbert,1869-1939

George Herbert Girty Papers, 1896-1948 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Girty, George Herbert,1869-1939
Title: George Herbert Girty Papers
Dates: 1896-1948 and undated
Quantity: 0.8 linear meter.
Collection: Record Unit 7329
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

George Herbert Girty (1869-1939) was an invertebrate paleontologist specializing in the study of Carboniferous formations and fauna. He was educated at Yale University, receiving the A.B. in 1892 and the Ph.D. in 1894. After a post-graduate year at Stanford University, Girty was appointed Paleontologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on April 9, 1895. He remained with the USGS for the remainder of his career -- an association that lasted over 44 years. While best known for his research on Permian faunas, Girty was also an expert on Mississippian and Pennsylvanian invertebrates of the western United States. He studied most of the important Permian formations in the United States and Alaska and spent several seasons with USGS field parties in the mid-western and western United States.

For additional biographical information on Girty see "Memorial to George Herbert Girty," by James Steele Williams,Proceedings of the Geological Society of America for 1939, pp. 195-205. June 1940.

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Introduction

The 1879 act establishing the United States Geological Survey (USGS) declares, "And all collections of rocks, minerals, soils, and fossils, and objects of natural history, archaeology, and ethnology, made by the Coast and Interior Survey, the Geological Survey, or by any other parties for the Government of the United States, when no longer needed for investigations in progress, shall be deposited in the National Museum." Many of the paleontologists affiliated with the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch have been stationed at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to study and care for the national collections. This close working relationship between the USGS and the NMNH has resulted in the Smithsonian Archives acquiring records and special collections documenting paleontological work of the Survey and its scientists.

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Descriptive Entry

The papers of George Herbert Girty primarily consist of correspondence documenting his paleontological research and his official work for the USGS. A large file of general correspondence contains letters exchanged between Girty and many of the prominent geologists and paleontologists of his era. The letters concern his research on Carboniferous invertebrates; his USGS work, especially reports on specimens sent in for identification; field work of USGS geologists and paleontologists; and the preparation, publication, and review of scientific manuscripts. The collection also includes a partial file of Girty's outgoing correspondence, 1897-1915. These letters document his field work, 1898-1915, as well as his research and USGS affairs. A small amount of biographical and autobiographical information on Girty is also found in the collection.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, Girty, George Herbert,1869-1939, George Herbert Girty Papers

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Container List

Series 1

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948.

Records post-dating Girty's death consist of correspondence between James Steele Williams and Mrs. I. Alan Keyte.

Box 1

Folder 1 A, general

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Folder 2 Adams, George I., 1899-1902. Concerns Adams' field work in the American west.

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Folder 3 Allen, R. C., 1912-1915

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Folder 4 B, general

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Folder 5 Barbour, Erwin Hinckley, 1911-1913, 1931, 1937

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Folder 6 Bather, Francis Arthur, 1910, 1913, 1917-1918, 1923

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Folder 7 Beede, Joshua William, 1901-1903, 1909, 1916

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Folder 8 Blackwelder, Eliot, 1904-1905, 1909-1912, 1916

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Folder 9 Buehler, Henry Andrew, 1911, 1913-1915

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Folder 10 C, general

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Folder 11 Case, Ermine Cowles, 1907-1916, 1929

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Folder 12 Clarke, John Mason, 1904-1905, 1908, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1925

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Folder 13 Condra, George Evert, 1927-1931

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Folder 14 Cooper, Chalmer L., 1926-1931, 1938

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Folder 15 Croneis, Carey G., 1924, 1932, 1938. The correspondence of 1938 concerns the work of the Mississippian Sub-Committee of the National Research Council's Committee on Stratigraphy.

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Folder 16 D, general

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Folder 17 Daly, Reginald Aldsworth, 1906-1907. See also under Edward M. Kindle.

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Folder 18 Demanet, Felix, 1932, 1937

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Folder 19 Dunbar, Carl O., 1921, 1927-1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and undated

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Folder 20 E, general

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Folder 21 Ehlers, George M., 1914-1916, 1935-1937

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Box 2

Folder 1 F, general

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Folder 2 G, general

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Folder 3 Glenn, Leonidas Chalmers, 1910-1911, 1913-1914, 1921

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Folder 4 Greger, Darling K., 1903-1904, 1915, 1917, 1920

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Folder 5 H, general

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Folder 6 Hayasaka, Ichiro, 1923, 1926-1927, 1930, 1932, 1935-1937

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Folder 7 Hayes, Charles Willard, 1903-1909

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Folder 8 Henbest, Lloyd George, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938

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Folder 9 Hovey, Edmund Otis, 1910-1915

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Folder 10 Hyde, Jessie E., 1907-1908, 1917

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Folder 11 I, general

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Folder 12 Imlay, Ralph W., 1938-1939

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Folder 13 J, general

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Folder 14 Johnson, Jesse Harlan, 1930-1932, 1938

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Folder 15 K, general

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Folder 16 Keith, Arthur, 1910-1911

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Folder 17 Keyte, I. Alan, 1923-1931, with related materials to 1948. Includes copies of Keyte's field notes and correspondence between James Steele Williams and Mrs. I. Alan Keyte.

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Folder 18 Kindle, Edward M., 1904, 1911-1917, 1920, 1924-1925, 1930-1931, 1936, and undated. Includes correspondence of Reginal Aldsworth Daly.

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Folder 19 King, Philip B., 1933-1939

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Folder 20 Knight, J. Brookes, 1930-1938

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Box 3

Folder 1 L, general

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Folder 2 Lane, Alfred C., 1898-1902, 1907

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Folder 3 Longwell, Chester Ray, 1920-1923, 1926-1932, 1935-1936

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Folder 4 Louderback, George D., 1923

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Folder 5 Loughlin, Gerald Francis, 1918, 1925, 1937-1938

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Folder 6 M, general

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Folder 7 Maury, Carlotta Joaquina, 1928

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Folder 8 Mendenhall, Walter Curran, 1936-1938

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Folder 9 Miller, Arthur K., 1936-1938

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Folder 10 Miser, Hugh Dinsmore, 1913-1914, 1923-1924, 1927, 1931

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Folder 11 Moore, Edward W. J., 1928-1931, 1936, 1938

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Folder 12 Moore, Raymond C., 1919-1924, 1929-1933, 1938

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Folder 13 Morningstar, Helen, 1920-1923

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Folder 14 N, general

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Folder 15 Newell, Norman Dennis, 1933-1937

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Folder 16 Noble, L. F., 1910, 1914, 1916, 1921

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Folder 17 O, general

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Folder 18 P, general

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Folder 19 Palmer, Ernest Jesse, 1915-1921, 1928

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Folder 20 Piwonka, Thomas, 1897-1899, 1902, 1905-1906, 1912, 1915, and undated

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Folder 21 Powers, Sidney, 1917, 1921-1922

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Folder 22 Prather, J. K., 1934, 1938

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Folder 23 Price, W. Armstrong, 1913-1920

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Folder 24 Prosser, Charles Smith, 1901-1905, 1910-1914

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Box 4

Folder 1 R, general

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Folder 2 Ransome, Frederick Leslie, 1902

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Folder 3 Reeside, John B., Jr., 1926, 1928, 1931-1935, 1938

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Folder 4 Reger, David B., 1924-1925

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Folder 5 Richardson, G. B., 1905, 1912-1913, 1920, 1923

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Folder 6 Roundy, Paul V., 1911, 1914, 1918-1919, and undated

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Folder 7 Rowley, R. R., 1906-1907, and undated

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Folder 8 Rubey, William W., 1924-1925

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Folder 9 S, general

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Folder 10 Schuchert, Charles, 1897-1899, 1902-1906, 1909-1912, 1919-1920, 1924, 1938

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Folder 11 Smith, George Otis, 1913-1917

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Folder 12 Smith, James Perrin, 1899-1900, 1903-1904, 1912

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Folder 13 Smith, Richard A., 1911-1916

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Folder 14 Smith, Stanley, 1915-1916, 1923

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Folder 15 Spencer, Arthur C., 1898-1899, 1910-1911

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Folder 16 Springer, Frank, 1906-1907, 1920-1921, 1927

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Folder 17 Stanton, Timothy William, 1902, 1906-1924, 1931, 1935

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Folder 18 Stevenson, John James, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1910-1911, 1922

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Folder 19 Stout, Wilber, 1896-1903

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Folder 20 Sutton, Arle H., 1937-1938

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Box 5

Folder 1 T, general

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Folder 2 Toff, Joseph A., 1899, 1902-1903

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Folder 3 U-V, general

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Folder 4 Udden, John August, 1903, 1906, 1915

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Folder 5 Ulrich, Edward Oscar, 1897-1898, 1908, 1912, 1916-1917, and undated. Includes a copy of Girty's review of Ulrich's Revision of the Paleozoic Systems.

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Folder 6 W, general

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Folder 7 Walcott, Charles D., 1896-1908, 1916

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Folder 8 Walter, O. T., 1922-1923

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Folder 9 Weller, J. Marvin, 1928-1929, 1932, 1935, 1938

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Folder 10 Weller, Stuart, 1899-1900, 1904, 1906, 1911-1924, 1927

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Folder 11 White, David, 1899, 1904-1922, 1931, and undated

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Folder 12 Williams, Henry Shaler, 1899-1912

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Folder 13 Woodring, Wendell P., 1914

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Series 2

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, 1897-1915.

This series consists of copies of outgoing letters written by George Herbert Girty. The letters are primarily maintained in letter books. Also included are several letters that were removed from the original letter books (see Box 6, folder 1). A handwritten index is included with the letters. Of special interest is correspondence documenting Girty's field work in Ohio, 1898; New York, 1899; Pennsylvania, 1899; Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), 1900; Colorado, 1900; Utah, 1900; Montana, 1913; Idaho, 1913-1914; and Kentucky, 1915.

Box 6

Folder 1 Outgoing correspondence, 1897-1906. Outgoing letters removed from original letter books and grouped together.

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Folder 2 Outgoing correspondence, July 21, 1898 - October 7, 1900. Letters written during Girty's field work in Ohio, 1898; New York and Pennsylvania, 1899; Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), Colorado, and Utah, 1900.

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Folder 3 Outgoing correspondence, November 22, 1907 - November 2, 1908. General correspondence concerning his research and USGS activities.

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Folder 4 Outgoing correspondence, November 9, 1908 - May 24, 1911. General correspondence concerning his research and USGS activities.

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Folder 5 Outgoing correspondence, August 1 - September 20, 1913. Letters written during Girty's field work in Montana and Idaho.

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Folder 6 Outgoing correspondence, September 4 - November 6, 1914; June 21 - August 26, 1915. Letter written during Girty's field work in Idaho, 1914 and Kentucky, 1915.

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Series 3

BIOGRAPHICAL AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON GEORGE HERBERT GIRTY, 1923, 1939-1940, AND UNDATED.

This series includes a brief autobiographical sketch written by Girty; a Cosmos Club resolution approved and read after Girty's death; and correspondence between James Steele Williams and the Geological Society of America concerning his "Memorial to George Herbert Girty."

Box 6

Folder 7 Biographical and autobiographical information on George Herbert Girty, 1923, 1939-1940, and undated.

Box 6 of 6

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