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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7129

Busck, August

August Busck Papers, 1886-1889, 1902-1933

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Busck, August
Title: August Busck Papers
Dates: 1886-1889, 1902-1933
Quantity: 1.19 cu. ft. (1 document box) (1 16x20 box)
Collection: Record Unit 7129
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers consist of professional correspondence between Busck and his colleagues and other collectors on entomological subjects. Correspondence with Edward Meyrick and Lord Walsingham (Thomas deGrey) may be of special interest. Related material is in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology: August Busck's Copy of Meyrick's "Microlepidoptera," includes extensive marginalia and interleaved correspondence; and August Busck's Rearing Notebooks.

Historical Note

August Busck (1870-1944) was born and educated in Denmark. In 1893, he came to the United States and settled in West Virginia, where he became an American citizen. After an interval as a florist, Busck began work for the United States Department of Agriculture in 1896, where he remained until his retirement in 1940. A friend and colleague of both Lord Walsingham and Edward Meyrick, Busck was himself a microlepidopterist of real distinction. He made numerous field trips on expeditions into various regions of the western hemisphere, as well as conducting field studies in the United States. While his knowledge of the Lepidoptera was extensive, Busck chose to restrict his main efforts to American fauna, especially the groups formerly known as the Tineira and Torticina.

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Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers consist of professional correspondence between Busck and his colleagues and other collectors on entomological subjects. Correspondence with Edward Meyrick and Lord Walsingham (Thomas deGrey) may be of special interest. Related material is in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology: August Busck's Copy of Meyrick's Microlepidoptera, includes extensive marginalia and interleaved correspondence; and August Busck's Rearing Notebooks.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7129, August Busck Papers

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Container List

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A

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Barnes, William

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Braun, Annette F.

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Busck, August

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Cockerell, Theodore D. A.

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C

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Dietz, William George

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Durrant, John Hartley

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Engel, Henry

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E

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Fernald, Charles Henry

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Fletcher, James

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G-J

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Jennings, Allan Hinson

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Kearfort, William Dunning

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K-L

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Meyrick, Edward

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M-P

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S

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T

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U

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Walsingham, Thomas deGrey, Lord

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W

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Unidentified Correspondence

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Specimen Lists, 1886-1889 (Accession 05-237)

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Portrait photograph of Lord Walsingham (Thomas deGrey), 1908, by Elliot T. Fry, inscribed to August Busck (Accession 92-082)

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