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Record Unit 7139
Ashmead, William H. (William Harris), 1855-1908
William Harris Ashmead Papers, circa 1895-1906
William Harris Ashmead (1855-1908) was born and educated in Philadelphia. In 1879 Ashmead began to make contributions to scholarly journals. In 1887 he received an appointment as a special field agent for the Department of Agriculture, for which he worked in various capacities until 1890, when he took leave to study in Berlin. In 1895 Ashmead joined the United States National Museum, where he remained until his death. Ashmead was noted by his colleagues especially for his fierce appetite for work, which allowed him to accomplish a great deal. He was interested in systematics, economic problems, and biological aspects of the insects he studied. Ashmead is perhaps best known for his monograph on the Chalcidoidea, which earned him a doctorate from the Western University of Pennsylvania, and for another, larger study on the Proctotrypidae, though these works, impressive as they are, reflect by no means the whole breadth or extent of his studies.
These papers consist of notes made by Ashmead, mostly as he undertook the generic classification of other families beyond the Proctotrypidae; some notes on the cynipoidea; miscellaneous notes and drawings; and an article and report.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Ashmead, William H. (William Harris), 1855-1908
- United States. Department of Agriculture
- United States National Museum. Division of Insects
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7139, William Harris Ashmead Papers