Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 139
United States National Museum. Division of Insects
Correspondence and Specimen Records, 1882-1918
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 Ashmead, 1897-1908; James Chamberlain Crawford, Assistant and Associate Curator, 1908-1919.
These records include receipts for specimens, annual and monthly reports of the Division, and correspondence regarding acquisition, distribution, and loan of specimens.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Ashmead, William H. (William Harris), 1855-1908
- Crawford, James Chamberlain
- Howard, L. O. (Leland Ossian), 1857-1950
- Riley, Charles V. (Charles Valentine), 1843-1895
- Smith, John Bernhard, 1858-1912
- Linell, Martin L.
- United States National Museum. Department of Entomology
- United States. Department of Agriculture
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 139, United States National Museum. Division of Insects, Correspondence and Specimen Records