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Record Unit 7133

Smithsonian Institution

United States National Museum Bulletin 50 Collection, circa 1894-1950

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution
Title: United States National Museum Bulletin 50 Collection
Dates: circa 1894-1950
Quantity: 2.6 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes) (1 document box) (10 microfilm reels)
Collection: Record Unit 7133
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This collection contains notes, drafts, and unpublished manuscripts for the projected, but never published, Parts XII and XIII of United States National Museum Bulletin 50: The Birds of North and Middle America. Included are notes of both Ridgway and Friedmann.

Historical Note

The first volume of Robert Ridgway's (1850-1929) great work, The Birds of North and Middle America appeared in 1901 as Part I of United States National Museum Bulletin 50. Part VIII, the last volume to appear during Ridgway's lifetime was published in 1919. After Ridgway's death, his colleague in the Division of Birds, United States National Museum, Charles Wallace Richmond (1868 1932), gathered all of the notes that he had left behind and filed them for future use. Herbert Friedmann (1900 ?) was appointed Curator of the Division of Birds in 1929, and in 1933 he began working with Ridgway's notes in an effort to complete the project. Part IX of The Birds of North and Middle America was finally published in 1941, Part X in 1946, and Part XI in 1950, After about 1950 Friedmann stopped working on the project, and devoted his time to his own research.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection contains notes, drafts, and unpublished manuscripts for the projected, but never published, Parts XII and XIII of United States National Museum Bulletin 50: The Birds of North and Middle America. Included are notes of both Ridgway and Friedmann.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7133, Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum Bulletin 50 Collection

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Container List

Series 1

ROBERT RIDGWAY NOTES AND MANUSCRIPTS, c. 1894-1929.

Included is some material probably attributable to either Joseph Harvey Riley (1873-1941) or Charles Wallace Richmond. The material in boxes 1-3 has been filed as Ridgway (or possibly Richmond or Friedmann) had it arranged. The material in boxes 4-8 was unarranged. Some effort has been made to arrange this material in a coherent order.

Box 1

Folder 1 Order Tinaniformes

Box 1 of 3

Folder 2 Order Sphenisciformes

Box 1 of 3

Folders 3-5 Order Columbiformes

Box 1 of 3

Folder 6 Order Gaviiformes,

Box 1 of 3

Folder 7 Order Procellariformes, Family Domedeidae

Box 1 of 3

Folders 8-13 Order Procellariformes, Family Procellariidae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 14 Order Procellariformes, Family Oceantidae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 15 Order Pelecariformes, Family Phaethontidae; Key to the Super Families of Steganopodes (Phalacrocoracidae ?); Key to the Suborders of Pelecaniformes

Box 1 of 3

Folder 16 Order Pelecaniformes, Family Anhingidae

Box 1 of 3

Folders 17-18 Order Pelecaniformes, Family Phalacrocoracidae

Box 1 of 3

Folders 19-20 Order Pelecaniformes, Family Sulidae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 21 Order Pelecaniformes, Family Pelecanidae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 22 Order Pelecaniformes, Family Fregatidae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 23 Order Ciconiiformes, Family Cochleariidae

Box 1 of 3

Folders 24-30 Order Ciconiiformes, Family Ardeidae

Box 1 of 3

Folders 31-32 Order Ciconiiformes, Family Threakiornithidas

Box 1 of 3

Folder 33 Order Ciconiiformes, Family Ciconiidae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 34 Order Ciconiiformes, Family Phoenicopteridae

Box 1 of 3

Folder 35 Order Ciconiiformes

Box 1 of 3

Folders 36-37 Order Ciconiiformes, Family, Ardeidae

Box 1 of 3

Box 2

Folders 1-5 Order Procellarilformes

Box 2 of 3

Folders 6-7 Order Anseriformes

Box 2 of 3

Folders 8-13 Order Anseriformes, continued

Box 2 of 3

Series 2

HERBERT FRIEDMANN, NOTES AND MANUSCRIPTS, c. 1933-1950.

Most of this material is in the form of typescript.

Box 2

Folder 14 Order Anseriformes - Introduction and Genus Cygnus

Box 2 of 3

Folder 15 Order Anseriformes, Genus Anser

Box 2 of 3

Folder 16 Order Anseriformes, Genus Philacte and Genus Branta

Box 2 of 3

Folder 17 Order Anseriformes, Genus Branta

Box 2 of 3

Folder 18 Order Anseriformes, Genus Dendrocygna

Box 2 of 3

Folder 19 Order Anseriformes - Miscellaneous notes, and drafts

Box 2 of 3

Folders 20-27 Order Anseriformes, Genus Anas

Box 2 of 3

Folders 28-40 Order Anseriformes, Genus Anas, continued

Box 2 of 3

Box 3

Folder 1-2 Order Anseriformes, Genus Anas, continued

Box 3 of 3

Folder 3 Order Anseriformes, Genus Cairina and Genus Tadorna (?)

Box 3 of 3

Folders 4-5 Order Anseriformes, Genus Mergus

Box 3 of 3

Folder 6 Order Anseriformes, Genus Somoteria

Box 3 of 3

Folder 7 Order Anseriformes, Spatula clypeata (Linnaeus)

Box 3 of 3

Folder 8 Card index: "Literature gone over (in addition to Ridgway's compilations through 1923)."

Box 3 of 3

Microfilm

Reels 1-8 Birds of North and Middle America, Volumes I-IV and VIII; Reel 9 Photographs of the flora of Bird Haven, the Story of Bird Haven, and Bird Haven, Olney, Ill.; Reel 10 Ridgway correspondence, 1850-1929

Box 3 of 3