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

Record Unit 7166

Yarrow, H. C. (Henry Crecy), 1840-1929

Henry Crecy Yarrow Papers, circa 1880-1890

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Creator: Yarrow, H. C. (Henry Crecy), 1840-1929
Title: Henry Crecy Yarrow Papers
Dates: circa 1880-1890
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7166
Language of Materials: English

This collections consists of manuscripts written by Yarrow and material related to the history of the USNM Department of Reptiles.

Historical Note

Henry Crecy Yarrow (1840-1929) served as the first Curator of Herpetology at the United States National Museum from 1878 to 1889. He had accompanied the United States Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian (the Wheeler Surveys) as a naturalist. An army surgeon, he was on duty at the Army Medical Library when Spencer Baird convinced him to take on the position of Honorary Curator on a part-time basis. He continued in this post until 1889 when he resigned.

Prior to his coming to the Museum, Yarrow wrote two herpetological reports concerning the Wheeler expeditions. While Curator, he prepared a "Check list of North American Reptilia and Batrachia, with Catalogs of Specimens in the U.S. National Museum," 1883.

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Descriptive Entry

The papers of Henry Crecy Yarrow include material collected by Yarrow relating to the history of the Department of Reptiles and a manuscript on Florida reptiles, prepared by G. Brown Goode.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7166, Henry Crecy Yarrow Papers

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Container List

Material Related to the History of the Department of Reptiles, circa 1887.

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Folder 1 Material concerning the history of the Department of Reptiles including notes on history, specimens and collectors and a manuscript copy of "History of the Department of Reptiles" by H. C. Yarrow, circa 1887

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Manuscripts of Henry Crecy Yarrow Concerning Reptiles, circa 1880-1890.

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Folders 2-3 Manuscripts of Henry Crecy Yarrow and G. Brown Goode on Florida reptiles, n.d.

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Folder 4 Manuscript, probably by Yarrow, concerning descriptions of genera and species of snakes and lizards with emphasis on those inhabiting arid regions, particularly the southwestern United States, circa 1880-1890

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