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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 268

United States National Museum. Division of Mineralogy and Petrology

Correspondence, 1932-1963

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum. Division of Mineralogy and Petrology
Title: Correspondence
Dates: 1932-1963
Quantity: 5 cu. ft. (10 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 268
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This record unit consists primarily of Edward P. Henderson's official correspondence files as Associate Curator of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology. A smaller amount of files were created by Roy S. Clarke, Jr., who was appointed Chemist in the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology in 1957. Correspondence before 1942 was carried out by Henderson in his capacity as Assistant Curator of the Division of Physical and Chemical Geology (systematic and applied). The correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and deals exclusively with the national collection of meteorites under the care of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology. Of special interest is correspondence concerning efforts to acquire the Harvey Harlow Nininger Meteorite Collection, 1957-1963. Correspondents include geologists and mineralogists, meteorite collectors and dealers, Smithsonian and USNM staff and administrators, government agencies, research foundations, and the general public.

For other records of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology, see record unit 266. For records of the Division of Meteorites, see record unit 269.

Historical Note

The Division of Mineralogy and Petrology of the Department of Geology was established in 1911. Prior to that date it was known as the Division of Mineralogy. In 1942, the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology was combined with the Division of Physical and Chemical Geology (systematic and applied) under the former name. The Department of Geology was abolished in 1963 as part of a reorganization in the National Museum of Natural History. At that time, the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology became the newly created Department of Mineral Sciences.

Edward P. Henderson joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1929 as assistant curator in the Division of Physical and Chemical Geology (systematic and applied). In 1942, he became associate curator in the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology. He remained in that position until 1963, when he was named associate curator in charge of the newly created Division of Meteorites of the Department of Mineral Sciences. He was made curator in 1965 and on his retirement in 1966 was appointed research associate. For records of Henderson's years as curator and research associate in the Division of Meteorites, see Record Unit 269.

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Descriptive Entry

This record unit consists primarily of Edward P. Henderson's official correspondence files as associate curator of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology. A smaller amount of files were created by Roy S. Clarke, Jr., who was appointed chemist in the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology in 1957. Correspondence before 1942 was carried out by Henderson in his capacity as assistant curator of the Division of Physical and Chemical Geology (systematic and applied). The correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and deals exclusively with the national collection of meteorites under the care of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology. Of special interest is correspondence concerning efforts to acquire the Harvey Harlow Nininger Meteorite Collection, 1957-1963. Correspondents include geologists and mineralogists, meteorite collectors and dealers, Smithsonian and USNM staff and administrators, government agencies, research foundations, and the general public. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

For other records of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology see Record Unit 266. For records of the Division of Meteorites see Record Unit 269.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 268, United States National Museum. Division of Mineralogy and Petrology, Correspondence

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 A, general.

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Folder 2 Allen, L. J., 1961-1963.

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Folder 3 Allen, Thomas E., 1961-1963.

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Folder 4 Anders, Edward, 1958-1963.

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Folder 5 Antiquities Act Committee, 1957-1958.

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Folder 6 Arnold, James R., 1958, 1961-1962.

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Folder 7 Ba - Bl, general.

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Folder 8 Barnes, Virgil E., 1938-1941, 1951-1952, 1956-1962.

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Folder 9 Barringer, Daniel Moreau, 1960.

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Folder 10 Bauer, Carl A., 1959-1960.

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Folder 11 Beck, Carl W., 1951-1952, 1955-1957, 1962.

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Folder 12 Benson, William, 1958-1962.

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Folder 1 Bo - By, general.

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Folder 2 Brown, Harrison, 1950-1961.

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Folder 3 Buddhue, John D., 1954-1960.

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Folder 4 Butler, Clay Preston, 1960-1962.

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Folder 5 C, general.

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Folder 6 Calvin, Melvin, 1959-1963.

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Folder 7 Caplan, Allan, 1959-1962.

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Folder 8 Carmichael, Leonard, 1955-1963.

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Folder 9 Cassidy, William A., 1956-1957, 1962-1963.

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Folder 10 Chalmers, R. Oliver, 1957-1958, 1962-1963.

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Folder 11 Chapman, Dean R., 1959-1962.

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Folder 12 Cohen, Alvin J., 1956-1963.

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Folder 13 Curvello, Walter S., 1951-1958, 1962.

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Box 3

Folder 1 D, general.

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Folder 2 Davis, Raymond, Jr., 1957-1959, 1963.

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Folder 3 Dawson, Kenneth R., 1957-1958, 1961.

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Folder 4 E, general.

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Folder 5 Ehmann, William D., 1958-1963.

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Folder 6 F, general.

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Folder 7 Federer, Charles A., Jr., 1957-1961.

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Folder 8 Fireman, Edward L., 1955-1963.

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Folder 9 Folinsbee, Robert E., 1956-1963.

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Folder 10 Foshag, William F., 1954-1955.

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Folder 11 Fredriksson, Kurt, 1959-1962.

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Folder 12 Frey, Maurice Gordon, 1951-1953.

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Folder 13 Frondel, Clifford, 1958-1963.

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Folder 14 Furcorn, Aurelius Sydney, 1951-1963.

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Folder 15 G, general.

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Box 4

Folder 1 Goel, Paramatma S., 1962-1963.

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Folder 2 Grigoriev, Dimitry P., 1961-1963.

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Folder 3 Ha - He, general.

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Folder 4 Hardy, Clyde T., 1953-1962.

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Folder 5 Herr, Wilfer, 1959-1963.

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Folder 6 Hey, Max H., 1940, 1952-1962.

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Folder 7 Hi - Hu, general.

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Folder 8 Houston, Walter Scott, 1955-1962.

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Folder 9 Hurlbut, Cornelius S., Jr., 1955-1959, 1963.

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Folder 10 I, general.

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Folder 11 Ingerson, Earl, 1955-1960, 1962.

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Folder 12 Issacs, Thelma, 1960-1962.

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Folder 13 J, general.

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Box 5

Folder 1 K, general.

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Folder 2 Kohman, Truman P., 1954-1962.

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Folder 3 Krinov, E. L., 1939, 1941, 1946, 1956-1962.

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Folder 4 L, general.

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Folder 5 LaPaz, Lincoln, 1939-1941 , 1950-1962.

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Folder 6 Lovering, John F., 1953-1963.

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Folder 7 Ma - Me, general.

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Folder 8 Maringer, Robert E., 1961-1962.

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Folder 9 Mason, Brian H., 1951, 1957-1963.

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Folder 10 Mather, Bryant, 1955-1956, 1960.

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Box 6

Folder 1 Meer, Victor B., 1938-1941, 1946-1963.

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Folder 2 Mi - Mu, general.

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Folder 3 Millman, Peter M., 1955-1956.

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Folder 4 Monnig, Oscar E. , 1939-1951, 1955-1952.

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Folder 5 Moore, Carleton B., 1961-1963.

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Folder 6 N, general.

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Folder 7 Nagy, Bartholomew, 1959-1962.

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Folder 8 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1960-1963.

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Folder 9 National Science Foundation: Funds and Grants, 1960-1963.

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Folder 10 Nier, Alfred O. C., 1953, 1957-1963.

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Box 7

Folders 1-3 Nininger, Harvey Harlow, 1932-1935, 1938-1943, 1949-1958, 1962.

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Folder 4 Nininger Meteorite Collection, 1957-1963. Includes correspondence concerning efforts by the Smithsonian to purchase the Nininger Collection and Smithsonian involvement on the National Advisory Committee for the administration of the Nininger Meteorite Collection.

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Folder 5 O, general.

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Folder 6 O'Keefe, John A., 1958-1963.

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Folder 7 Oliver, Charles P., 1961-1963, 1966.

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Folder 8 Olsen, Edward J., 1962-1963.

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Folder 9 Ousdal, Asbjorn P., 1951-1954.

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Box 8

Folder 1 P, general.

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Folder 2 Palmer, Percy S., 1952-1954.

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Folder 3 Patterson, Claire C., 1956-1963.

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Folder 4 Perry, Stuart H., 1955-1958.

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Folder 5 Pinson, William H., Jr., 1951, 1954, 1959, 1961-1962.

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Folder 6 Pough, Frederick H., 1938-1946, 1950-1953, 1958, 1962.

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Folder 7 Preston, Frank W., 1939-1942, 1946, 1950-1963.

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Folder 8 Q, general.

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Folder 9 R, general.

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Folder 10 Ramdohr, Paul, 1961-1963.

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Folder 11 Ramovic, Mehmed, 1958-1963.

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Folder 12 Read, William F., 1960-1963.

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Box 9

Folder 1 Reed, George W., Jr., 1956-1963.

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Folder 2 Reynolds, John H., 1958-1963.

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Folder 3 Rowe, Marvin W., 1961-1963.

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Folder 4 Sa - Sh, general.

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Folder 5 Sanders, Clayton W., 1961-1963.

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Folder 6 Schmitt, Roman A., 1958-1963.

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Folder 7 Servos, Kurt, 1956-1957.

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Folder 8 Si - Sz, general.

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Folder 9 Siegel, Keeve M., 1959-1960.

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Folder 10 Silver, Leon T., 1960-1962.

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Folder 11 Sternberg, George F., 1939, 1941, 1951-1953, 1956-1957, 1960.

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Folder 12 Stockwell, H. O., 1953-1958, 1961-1962.

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Folder 13 Suess, Hans E., 1960-1962.

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Folder 14 T, general.

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Box 10

Folder 1 U, general.

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Folder 2 Urey, Harold C., 1950-1963.

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Folder 3 V, general.

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Folder 4 Van Dilla, Marvin A., 1959-1962.

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Folder 5 W, general.

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Folder 6 Wanke, H., 1960, 1962.

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Folder 7 Webb, Robert W., 1960-1962.

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Folder 8 Whipple, Fred Lawrence, 1950-1963.

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Folder 9 Wood, John A., Jr., 1958-1963.

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Folder 10 Y, general.

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Folder 11 Z, general.

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