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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 400

National Museum of Natural History. Division of Mammals

Correspondence, circa 1953-1988

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Division of Mammals
Title: Correspondence
Dates: circa 1953-1988
Quantity: 8.5 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 400
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the staff of the Division of Mammals and primarily concern the identification, loan, and acquisition of specimens; requests for information from colleagues and the public; the publication of scientific papers; and research projects of the staff.

Historical Note

The Department of Mammals of the United States National Museum was formally created in 1880. Prior to that time, the Smithsonian held an extensive collection of mammals which had been obtained from the private collection of Spencer F. Baird, from the United States Exploring Expedition and other government explorations, and from the collections of the National Institute which was dissolved in 1861. Upon the formation of the Department, Elliott Coues was appointed Honorary Curator of Mammals. He continued as Honorary Curator until Frederick William True became Curator in 1883. In 1897, a major reorganization of the Museum made the department a division within the new Department of Biology and True became Head Curator of Biology. True also remained Curator of Mammals until 1909. In 1898, Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr. was appointed Assistant Curator of Mammals and from 1908 until his retirement in 1940 served as Curator. Other staff of the Division of Mammals have included Marcus Ward Lyon, Jr., Aid, 1898-1906, and Assistant Curator, 1906-1909; Ned Hollister, Assistant Curator, 1910-1916; A. Remington Kellogg, Assistant Curator, 1928-1941, and Curator, 1941-1948; David H. Johnson, Associate Curator, 1941-1957, and Curator, 1957-1967; Raymond M. Gilmore, Associate Curator, 1944-1947; Henry W. Setzer, Associate Curator, 1949-1969, and Curator, 1969-1979; Charles O. Handley, Jr., Assistant Curator, 1950-1954, Associate Curator, 1954-1965, and Curator, 1965- ; Richard W. Thorington, Jr., Associate Curator, 1969-1976, and Curator, 1976- ; James G. Mead, Assistant Curator, 1972-1976, Associate Curator, 1976-1982, and Curator, 1982- ; and Michael D. Carleton, Assistant Curator, 1979-1983, Associate Curator, 1983-1987, and Curator, 1987- .

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the staff of the Division of Mammals and primarily concern the identification, loan, and acquisition of specimens; requests for information from colleagues and the public; the publication of scientific papers; and research projects of the staff.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 400, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Mammals, Correspondence

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Container List

Box 1

General Correspondence

A, 1955-1988 (15 folders)

Box 1 of 9

B, 1964-1988 (15 folders)

Box 1 of 9

C, 1957-1978 (5 folders)

Box 1 of 9

Box 2

C, 1979-1988 (10 folders)

Box 2 of 9

D, 1967-1988 (15 folders)

Box 2 of 9

E, 1967-1988 (15 folders)

Box 2 of 9

F, 1965-1978 (5 folders)

Box 2 of 9

Box 3

F, 1979-1988 (10 folders)

Box 3 of 9

G, 1967-1988 (15 folders)

Box 3 of 9

H, 1961-1985 (11 folders)

Box 3 of 9

Box 4

H, 1986-1988 (3 folders)

Box 4 of 9

I, 1970-1987 (13 folders)

Box 4 of 9

J, 1958-1988 (15 folders)

Box 4 of 9

K, 1967-1988 (15 folders)

Box 4 of 9

L, 1958-1988 (15 folders)

Box 4 of 9

Box 5

M, 1967-1988 (25 folders)

Box 5 of 9

N, 1969-1988 (15 folders)

Box 5 of 9

O, 1964-1988 (14 folders)

Box 5 of 9

Box 6

P, 1967-1988 (15 folders)

Box 6 of 9

Q, 1970-1986 (8 folders)

Box 6 of 9

R, 1953-1988 (15 folders)

Box 6 of 9

S, 1967-1974 (3 folders)

Box 6 of 9

Box 7

S, 1975-1988 (11 folders)

Box 7 of 9

T, 1967-1988 (15 folders)

Box 7 of 9

U-V, 1955-1988 (23 folders)

Box 7 of 9

W, X, Y, Z, 1955-1969 (2 folders)

Box 7 of 9

Box 8

W, X, Y, Z, 1970-1988 (26 folders)

Box 8 of 9

Miscellaneous correspondence to be interfiled (5 folders)

Box 8 of 9

Michael D. Carleton correspondence, 1980-1985

Box 8 of 9

Charles O. Handley correspondence, 1969-1973

Box 8 of 9

General correspondence by correspondent. NOTE: Researchers should also check general folders for letters of the following individuals.

Earl M.J. Aagaard, 1973-1976

Box 8 of 9

Pedro N. Acha, 1973-1978

Box 8 of 9

Sydney Anderson, 1973-1979

Box 8 of 9

Uffur Arnason, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 9

Fernanado D. de Avila-Pires, 1974-1976

Box 8 of 9

Rollin H. Baker, 1973-1979

Box 8 of 9

Kyle Barbehenn, 1973

Box 8 of 9

Robert Beecher, 1974-1979

Box 8 of 9

Peter Best, 1973-1981

Box 8 of 9

Iain Bishop, 1973-1980

Box 8 of 9

Joseph Blum, 1974

Box 8 of 9

Lekagul Boonsong, 1974-1981

Box 8 of 9

Winifred Carter, 1975-1978

Box 8 of 9

David Chivers, 1973-1978

Box 8 of 9

Jerry Choate, 1973-1979

Box 8 of 9

Cornelius Coetzee, 1974-1979

Box 8 of 9

Robert W. Cooper, 1970-1983

Box 8 of 9

Peter Dalby, 1974-1976

Box 8 of 9

Richard M. Davis, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 9

Luis de la Torre, 1955-1976 (2 folders)

Box 8 of 9

Sally L. DeMott, 1973-1976

Box 8 of 9

P.H.D.H. De Silva, 1975-1981

Box 8 of 9

William R. Dickinson, 1973-1975

Box 8 of 9

Victor E. Diersing, 1975-1978

Box 8 of 9

Nikko Dippenaar, 1974-1981

Box 8 of 9

John E. DuPont, 1981-1982

Box 8 of 9

Mike Frazier, 1975

Box 8 of 9

Deane P. Furman, 1973-1979

Box 8 of 9

Charles M. Fuss, 1973-1975

Box 8 of 9

Adela Gomez, 1973-1974

Box 8 of 9

Peter Grubb, 1974-1982

Box 8 of 9

Bruce J. Hayward, 1973-1978

Box 8 of 9

Theodore A. Heist, 1973-1975

Box 8 of 9

John D. Helm, 1974-1976

Box 8 of 9

Clyde A. Hill, 1974-1978

Box 8 of 9

John E. Hill, 1973-1978

Box 8 of 9

Emmet T. Hooper, 1973-1980

Box 8 of 9

Kurt House, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 9

K. M. Howell, 1978-1981

Box 8 of 9

Carl L. Hubbs, 1974-1975

Box 8 of 9

Box 9

R. D. E. Jayasekaera, 1977-1979

Box 9 of 9

Syunzo Kawamura, 1974-1975

Box 9 of 9

Graham E. Kemp, 1973-1975

Box 9 of 9

Ralph Lainsin, 1973-1976

Box 9 of 9

Barbara Lawrence, 1973

Box 9 of 9

Egbert Leigh, 1979-1981

Box 9 of 9

Bern Levine, 1973-1976

Box 9 of 9

Oscar de Souza Lopes, 1973-1979

Box 9 of 9

George H. Lowrey, 1973-1975

Box 9 of 9

C. J. Marinkelle, 1974-1977

Box 9 of 9

Gonzalo Medina Padilla, 1973-1974

Box 9 of 9

Lord Medway, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 9

A. J. Mence, 1973-1977

Box 9 of 9

Frank Mendel, 1973-1978

Box 9 of 9

Robert E. Merritt, 1976

Box 9 of 9

Sterling Miller, 1973-1974

Box 9 of 9

W. A. Miller, 1976

Box 9 of 9

Katherine Milton, 1974-1978

Box 9 of 9

Thomas P. Monath, 1973-1975

Box 9 of 9

Kim Mortensen, 1973-1976

Box 9 of 9

Becky Myton, 1973

Box 9 of 9

David M. Niles, 1980-1983

Box 9 of 9

Todd R. Olson, 1978-1982

Box 9 of 9

John H. Prescott, 1973-1985

Box 9 of 9

James K. Russell, 1975-1978

Box 9 of 9

Mel Schamberger, 1973-1980

Box 9 of 9

Allan Schrier, 1973-1976

Box 9 of 9

David E. Sergeant, 1974-1985

Box 9 of 9

Henry W. Setzer, 1965-1979

Box 9 of 9

Edward Shallenberger, 1974-1980

Box 9 of 9

Robert H. Slaughter, 1973-1980

Box 9 of 9

R. H. N. Smither, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 9

Yenbutra Songaadki, 1976-1978

Box 9 of 9

Thomas Struhsaker, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 9

Randall Susman, 1973-1981

Box 9 of 9

Bernice Tannenbarum, 1978-1979

Box 9 of 9

Mary J. Taylor, 1973-1983

Box 9 of 9

Sal Testaverde, 1974-1976

Box 9 of 9

Maurice E. Thomas, 1976-1977

Box 9 of 9

Kitti Thonglongya, 1973-1974

Box 9 of 9

Robert M. Warneke, 1972-1974

Box 9 of 9

Rupert L. Wenzel, 1973-1979

Box 9 of 9

Howard Winn, 1973-1982

Box 9 of 9