SIA RU007329, Girty, George Herbert 1869-1939, George Herbert Girty Papers, 1896-1948 and undated
- Girty, George Herbert 1869-1939
- George Herbert Girty Papers, 1896-1948 and undated
- Data Source:
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- 1896, 1896-1948, 1896-1948 and undated
- 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.
- 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.
- Paleontology, Paleontologists
- Girty, George Herbert 1869-1939, Geological Survey (U.S.), Yale University, Stanford University
- Manuscripts, Collection descriptions
- Local Number:
- SIA RU007329
- Physical Description:
- 2.5 cu. ft. (5 document boxes)
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Table of Contents
- Collection Overview
- Historical Note
- Descriptive Entry
- Index Terms
- Administrative Information
- Container List
- Series 1 - GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1896-1939, AND UNDATED, WITH RELATED MATERIALS TO 1948.
- Series 2 - OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, 1897-1915.
- Series 3 - BIOGRAPHICAL AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON GEORGE HERBERT GIRTY, 1923, 1939-1940, AND UNDATED.
Record Unit 7329
Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939
George Herbert Girty Papers, 1896-1948 and undated
|General Information About This Collection|
|Repository:||Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Creator:||Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939|
|Title:||George Herbert Girty Papers|
|Dates:||1896-1948 and undated|
|Quantity:||2.5 cu. ft. (5 document boxes)|
|Collection:||Record Unit 7329|
|Language of Materials:||English|
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.
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.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7329, George Herbert Girty Papers
Series 1GENERAL 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.
Folder 1 A, general
Folder 2 Adams, George I., 1899-1902. Concerns Adams' field work in the American west.
Folder 3 Allen, R. C., 1912-1915
Folder 4 B, general
Folder 5 Barbour, Erwin Hinckley, 1911-1913, 1931, 1937
Folder 6 Bather, Francis Arthur, 1910, 1913, 1917-1918, 1923
Folder 7 Beede, Joshua William, 1901-1903, 1909, 1916
Folder 8 Blackwelder, Eliot, 1904-1905, 1909-1912, 1916
Folder 9 Buehler, Henry Andrew, 1911, 1913-1915
Folder 10 C, general
Folder 11 Case, Ermine Cowles, 1907-1916, 1929
Folder 12 Clarke, John Mason, 1904-1905, 1908, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1925
Folder 13 Condra, George Evert, 1927-1931
Folder 14 Cooper, Chalmer L., 1926-1931, 1938
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.
Folder 16 D, general
Folder 17 Daly, Reginald Aldsworth, 1906-1907. See also under Edward M. Kindle.
Folder 18 Demanet, Felix, 1932, 1937
Folder 19 Dunbar, Carl O., 1921, 1927-1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and undated
Folder 20 E, general
Folder 21 Ehlers, George M., 1914-1916, 1935-1937
Folder 22 F, general
Folder 23 G, general
Folder 24 Glenn, Leonidas Chalmers, 1910-1911, 1913-1914, 1921
Folder 25 Greger, Darling K., 1903-1904, 1915, 1917, 1920
Folder 1 H, general
Folder 2 Hayasaka, Ichiro, 1923, 1926-1927, 1930, 1932, 1935-1937
Folder 3 Hayes, Charles Willard, 1903-1909
Folder 4 Henbest, Lloyd George, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938
Folder 5 Hovey, Edmund Otis, 1910-1915
Folder 6 Hyde, Jessie E., 1907-1908, 1917
Folder 7 I, general
Folder 8 Imlay, Ralph W., 1938-1939
Folder 9 J, general
Folder 10 Johnson, Jesse Harlan, 1930-1932, 1938
Folder 11 K, general
Folder 12 Keith, Arthur, 1910-1911
Folder 13 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.
Folder 14 Kindle, Edward M., 1904, 1911-1917, 1920, 1924-1925, 1930-1931, 1936, and undated. Includes correspondence of Reginal Aldsworth Daly.
Folder 15 King, Philip B., 1933-1939
Folder 16 Knight, J. Brookes, 1930-1938
Folder 17 L, general
Folder 18 Lane, Alfred C., 1898-1902, 1907
Folder 19 Longwell, Chester Ray, 1920-1923, 1926-1932, 1935-1936
Folder 20 Louderback, George D., 1923
Folder 21 Loughlin, Gerald Francis, 1918, 1925, 1937-1938
Folder 22 M, general
Folder 23 Maury, Carlotta Joaquina, 1928
Folder 24 Mendenhall, Walter Curran, 1936-1938
Folder 25 Miller, Arthur K., 1936-1938
Folder 1 Miser, Hugh Dinsmore, 1913-1914, 1923-1924, 1927, 1931
Folder 2 Moore, Edward W. J., 1928-1931, 1936, 1938
Folder 3 Moore, Raymond C., 1919-1924, 1929-1933, 1938
Folder 4 Morningstar, Helen, 1920-1923
Folder 5 N, general
Folder 6 Newell, Norman Dennis, 1933-1937
Folder 7 Noble, L. F., 1910, 1914, 1916, 1921
Folder 8 O, general
Folder 9 P, general
Folder 10 Palmer, Ernest Jesse, 1915-1921, 1928
Folder 11 Piwonka, Thomas, 1897-1899, 1902, 1905-1906, 1912, 1915, and undated
Folder 12 Powers, Sidney, 1917, 1921-1922
Folder 13 Prather, J. K., 1934, 1938
Folder 14 Price, W. Armstrong, 1913-1920
Folder 15 Prosser, Charles Smith, 1901-1905, 1910-1914
Folder 16 R, general
Folder 17 Ransome, Frederick Leslie, 1902
Folder 18 Reeside, John B., Jr., 1926, 1928, 1931-1935, 1938
Folder 19 Reger, David B., 1924-1925
Folder 20 Richardson, G. B., 1905, 1912-1913, 1920, 1923
Folder 21 Roundy, Paul V., 1911, 1914, 1918-1919, and undated
Folder 22 Rowley, R. R., 1906-1907, and undated
Folder 23 Rubey, William W., 1924-1925
Folder 24 S, general
Folder 25 Schuchert, Charles, 1897-1899, 1902-1906, 1909-1912, 1919-1920, 1924, 1938
Folder 26 Smith, George Otis, 1913-1917
Folder 27 Smith, James Perrin, 1899-1900, 1903-1904, 1912
Folder 28 Smith, Richard A., 1911-1916
Folder 29 Smith, Stanley, 1915-1916, 1923
Folder 1 Spencer, Arthur C., 1898-1899, 1910-1911
Folder 2 Springer, Frank, 1906-1907, 1920-1921, 1927
Folder 3 Stanton, Timothy William, 1902, 1906-1924, 1931, 1935
Folder 4 Stevenson, John James, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1910-1911, 1922
Folder 5 Stout, Wilber, 1896-1903
Folder 6 Sutton, Arle H., 1937-1938
Folder 7 T, general
Folder 8 Toff, Joseph A., 1899, 1902-1903
Folder 9 U-V, general
Folder 10 Udden, John August, 1903, 1906, 1915
Folder 11 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.
Folder 12 W, general
Folder 13 Walcott, Charles D., 1896-1908, 1916
Folder 14 Walter, O. T., 1922-1923
Folder 15 Weller, J. Marvin, 1928-1929, 1932, 1935, 1938
Folder 16 Weller, Stuart, 1899-1900, 1904, 1906, 1911-1924, 1927
Folder 17 White, David, 1899, 1904-1922, 1931, and undated
Folder 1 Williams, Henry Shaler, 1899-1912
Folder 2 Woodring, Wendell P., 1914
Series 2OUTGOING 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 5, folder 3). Apparently, Girty (or someone else) felt that these letters were particularly important and should be grouped together. 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.
Folder 3 Outgoing correspondence, 1897-1906. Outgoing letters removed from original letter books and grouped together.
Folder 4 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.
Folder 5 Outgoing correspondence, November 22, 1907 - November 2, 1908. General correspondence concerning his research and USGS activities.
Folder 6 Outgoing correspondence, November 9, 1908 - May 24, 1911. General correspondence concerning his research and USGS activities.
Folder 7 Outgoing correspondence, August 1 - September 20, 1913. Letters written during Girty's field work in Montana and Idaho.
Folder 8 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.
Series 3BIOGRAPHICAL 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."
Folder 9 Biographical and autobiographical information on George Herbert Girty, 1923, 1939-1940, and undated.
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