Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7077
Stearns, Robert E. C. (Robert Edwards Carter), 1827-1909
Robert Edwards Carter Stearns Papers, 1879-1909
Robert Edwards Carter Stearns (1827-1909) was a public figure of some prominence whose careers included mining, publishing, and the natural sciences. A lover of nature since childhood, Stearns concentrated on conchology, mostly mollusks of the West Coast. Stearns was a researcher for the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries, 1882-1884; an Assistant Curator, Department of Mollusks, United States National Museum (USNM); and a Paleontologist for the United States Geological Survey, 1884-1892.
These papers consist chiefly of incoming correspondence from the USNM, the Smithsonian Institution, and shell collectors; correspondence between scientists other than Stearns concerning publications, publication revision, and shell collections; scrapbooks containing correspondence, memoranda, labels, and cards collected while Stearns was an Assistant Curator; specimen labels donated to the USNM; handwritten and printed drafts for articles, including a preliminary report on the fossils at San Diego, and the original drawings and draft for Anodontas of the West Coast; and autobiographical materials.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Stearns, Robert E. C. (Robert Edwards Carter), 1827-1909
- United States National Museum
- United States Fish Commission
- United States National Museum. Division of Mollusks
- Geological Survey (U.S.)
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7077, Robert Edwards Carter Stearns Papers