Oscar L. Cartwright Papers, 1929-1979 and undated

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This collection consists mostly of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting Cartwright's research on Coleoptera. Also included are records concerning his curatorial work at the Division of Insects, USNM, and the Department of Entomology, NMNH; field work; and professional activities. Smaller amounts of correspondence were written during his pre-Smithsonian career. The collection also contains a few photographs and illustrations of beetles, and research notes. Only a portion of the collection has been cataloged including the following correspondents: Bernard Benesh, Margay Bos, L. T. Bottimer, J. Gordon Edwards, Charles W. Griffin, Henry F. Howden, Van Nolan Jr, Walter Plath, Frank Sherman. |A portion of uncataloged correspondence includes collectors providing synopses of collecting trips, including information about collecting method, location, distance covered, elevation, and type collected. These were not cataloged due to the general nature of the information provided.

Date Range

1929-1979, undated

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  • Coleoptera
  • Scarabidae
  • Animalia
  • Insects
  • Beetles


  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Nicaragua
  • United States
  • Bahamas


Collection record

Accession #

SIA RU007338


18 folders

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives