Henry Guernsey Hubbard Papers, 1871-1899

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The Henry Guernsey Hubbard Papers, 1871-1899 (Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 7107) is the larger collection in which Henry Guernsey Hubbard's field books are located. This collection record describes only the field books within Hubbard's paper. A brief description of other materials within the collection that may relate to these field notes can be found in the Smithsonian Institution Archives finding aid listed under the Related Materials section of this record. Field books in this collection span approximately 1871-1899. The primarily concern Hubbard's research in these field notes is on the taxonomy and biology of insects, especially beetles and pests of cotton and orange trees. Also included is material concerning his interest in botany and horticulture, but particularly as they relate to pest insects. The field books document his work in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Virginia (Cumberland Mountain region), Jamaica, the West Indies island of Montserrat, and perhaps other locations. Hubbard's field notes from Florida and Montserrat document his experiments to create a kerosene based pesticide for crops. The majority of Hubbard's field notes contain diary like entries in which he begins each day with a chronological and detailed account of events both personal and related to collecting. Through these daily accounts, he documents descriptions of specimens, specific localities specimen were found, the surrounding environment of specimens, and the general weather conditions during collecting. In these field notes, Hubbard does much collecting on beaches, in caves, near streams, and in crop fields. Hubbard is often accompanied by Charles V. Riley, especially for his trip to Montserrat. Catalogs, indexes, and lists of specimens collected during these trips are recorded in separate logs compiled after field research was completed. Some of these lists include maps and illustrations. Please see the finding aid for this collection for more information about materials other than field notes.

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  • Coleoptera
  • Diptera
  • Lepidoptera
  • Neoptera
  • Neuroptera
  • Hemiptera
  • Coccoideaceae
  • Thripidae
  • Insecta
  • Animalia
  • Beetles
  • Flies
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Wing folding insects
  • Lacewings
  • Bugs
  • Scales
  • Mealybugs
  • Pearls
  • Termites
  • Thrips
  • Insects


  • Oregon
  • North Carolina
  • United States
  • Crescent City
  • British Columbia
  • California
  • Florida
  • Utah
  • Michigan
  • Canada
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Montserrat
  • Jamaica
  • Virginia
  • Arizona


Collection record

Accession #

SIA RU007107


19 field books

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives