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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 138

United States National Museum. Division of Insects

Correspondence, 1878-1906

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum. Division of Insects
Title: Correspondence
Dates: 1878-1906
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 138
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records are the official incoming correspondence for the Division of Insects regarding determination, acquisition and loan of specimens, and other scientific matters.

Historical Note

The Division of Insects of the United States National Museum, reorganized in 1963 as the Department of Entomology, had its origin in the deposit of personal collections in 1881 by Charles Valentine Riley, entomologist of the Department of Agriculture. The Museum became the depository for the national collection of insects. The chief entomologist of the Department of Agriculture became honorary curator of insects in the National Museum, aided by an assistant curator on the museum staff. Many staff members of the Department of Agriculture served as custodians, and thus the national collection of insects has become a joint enterprise of the Department and the Museum. Honorary curators were as follows: Charles Valentine Riley, 1881-1894; Leland Ossian Howard, 1895-1927. Assistant curators (museum employees) were as follows: John Bernhard Smith, 1886-1889; Martin L. Linell (aid), 1889-1896; William Harris Ashmeade, 1897-1908.

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Descriptive Entry

These records are the official incoming correspondence of the Division of Insects (outgoing correspondence for part of the period is included in record unit 139). Included is correspondence from entomologists and others requesting determinations, loans of specimens, or regarding purchase or gift of specimens for the museum; and correspondence between entomologists regarding determinations or other scientific matters, and publications of findings.

Fairly extensive correspondence exists for the following entomologists: Charles Fuller Baker, Elmer Darwin Ball, William Beutenmuller, Frederick Blanchard, J. Chester Bradley, Frank Hurlburt Chittenden, John Henry Comstock, Charles Dury, Harrison Gray Dyer, Henry Edwards, Ephraim Porter Felt, Charles Henry Fernald, Henry Torsey Fernald, James Fletcher, William Hague Harrison, Charles A. Hart, Samuel Henshaw, William W. Hill, William Jacob Holland, Leland Ossian Howard, Henry Herbert Lyman, Alexander Dyar MacGillivray, James Abram Garfield Rehn, Charles Valentine Riley, Samuel H. Scudder, David Sharp, Henry Skinner, Annie Trumball Slosson, John Bernhard Smith, W. N. Tallant, and Lucien M. Underwood. Important items are indicated by a asterisk. Some letters are filed by the name of the person referred to rather than by correspondent.

Information regarding administration of the Division of Insects is found in the folders of W. V. Cox, R. I. Geare, George Brown Goode. F. W. Hodge, Richard Rathbun, William de C. Ravenel, Charles Valentine Riley, John Bernhard Smith, and Frederick William True. Riley's reports for 1886-1888 are filed under "Reports."

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 138, United States National Museum. Division of Insects, Correspondence

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Container List

Box 1

AARON, L. Frank

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ADAMS, Charles C.

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ALCOCK, A.

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ALFKIN, J. D.

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ANDRE, Ernest *

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ANGELL, G. W. J.

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ASHMEADE, William Harris *

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ATKINSON, George Francis *

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BAILEY, H. B.

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BAKER, Charles Fuller * - Alabama Biological Survey

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BALL, Elmer Darwin

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BARBER, H. G. - New York Entomological Society

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BARRETT, Otis Warren *

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BARTHE, E.

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BATES, J. Elwyn

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BENJAMIN, Marcus

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BETHUNE, Charles J. S. - Entomological Society of Ontario

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BEUTENMULLER, William * - New York Microscopical Society, American Museum of Natural History

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BEYER, G. W.

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BIRD, Henry

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BLACKWELDER, Eliot

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BLAISDELL, F. E.

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BLANCHARD, Frederick *

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BOLLMAN, C. H. *

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BRADLEY, J. Chester * - The Entomological Student

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BRISTON, A. T.

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BRUCE, David

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BRUES, C. T.

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BRUNER, Lawrence

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BRUNETTI, Enrico Adelelmo *

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BUTLER, Arthur Gardiner * - British Museum (Natural History)

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CALVERT, Philip P.

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CHAGNON, G.

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CHEESEMAN, T. F.

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CHITTENDEN, Frank Hurlburt *

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CLARK, Howard L.

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CLARK, Hubert Lyman

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COCKERELL, Theodore D. A. *

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COMSTOCK, John Henry *

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COUPER, William

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CRESSON, Ezra Townsend - The American Entomological Society

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DAVIS, Charles Abbott *

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DIETZ, Ottomar *

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DIMMOCK, George

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DUGES, Alfredo *

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DURY, Charles *

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DYAR, Harrison Gray - New York Entomological Society

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EDWARDS, Henry *

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EDWARDS, William Henry *

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FALL, Henry Clinton *

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FELT, Ephraim Porter *

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FERNALD, Charles Henry *

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FERNALD, Henry Torsey *

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FLETCHER, James *

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FORBES, Stephen Alfred - Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History

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FOSTER, Edward

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FOX, William J. * - Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, The American Entomological Society

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FROGGATT, Walter Wilson

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FUCHS, Charles - California Academy of Sciences

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HARTMAN, Fanny T. (Associate of Ephraim Porter Felt) - "The Corning Collection of Moths and Butterflies" (Accession 05-158)

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GEARE, R. I. - internal memoranda

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GILLETTE, Clarence Preston * - Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station

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GIRAULT, Alexandre Arsene *

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GOODE, George Brown *

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GRAENICHER, Sigmund *

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GROSS, S. Frederick

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HARRINGTON, William Hague *

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HART, Charles Arthur *

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HENRY, Edward Everett

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HENSHAW, Samuel *

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HERRICK, Glenn

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HILL, William W. *

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HINE, James Stewart

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HOLLAND, William Jacob - Carnegie Museum

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HOLZINGER, John M.

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HORN, George Henry *

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HOWARD, Leland Ossian *

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HUDSON, George H. *

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KAHL, Hugo

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KINCAID, Trevor

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KLAGES, Frederick W.

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KLAGES, Henry G.

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LANGLEY, Samuel P. *

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LYMAN, Henry Herbert

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MacGILLIVRAY, Alexander Dyar *

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McKNIGHT, Charles

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McNEILL, Jerome

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MARLATT, C. L.

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MELANDER, A. Leonard

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MERRILL, George P.

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MITSOKURI, K. * - Imperial University, Japan

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MONELL, Joseph Tarrigan

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MONTANDON, Arnold Lucien *

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MORRISON, Herbert Knowles *

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MOSCHLER, Heinrich Benno *

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OSBORN, Herbert *

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PACKARD, Alpheus Spring *

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PALM, Charles

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PALMER, Edward

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PECKHAM, George W.

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PERGANDE, Theodore

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RATHBUN, Richard *

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RAVENEL, William deC.

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REHN, James Abram Garfield *

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REPORTS, Division of Insects (1886-1888)

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RILEY, Charles Valentine *

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ROBERTSON, Charles *

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Box 2

SANDERSON, E. Dwight - Delaware College Experiment Station

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SCHMITT, P. Jerome

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SCHWARZ, Eugene Amandus *

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SCUDDER, Samuel H. *

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SHARP, David * - Harvard University, Museum of Zoology

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SHUFELDT, R. W.

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SKINNER, Henry *

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SLOSSON, Annie Trumbull *

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SMITH, Emily Adella

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SMITH, John Bernhard * - See David Bruce, Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural College Experiment Station

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SOUTHWICK, E. B.

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SWEZEY, Otto H.

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TALLANT, W. N. *

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THOMAS, Cyrus

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TRELEASE, William * - Shaw School of Botany, Missouri Botanical Garden

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TRUE, Frederick William

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UHLER, Philip Reese *

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UNDERWOOD, Lucien M. *

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VIERECK, Henry Lorenz *

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WEBSTER, Francis Marion *

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WEITH, R. J. *

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WESTCOTT, Oliver Spink *

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WHEELER, William Morton *

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WICKHAM, Henry Frederick *

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Miscellaneous and Unidentified (1 folder)

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