Finding Aids to Records of Professional Societies in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7185
Biological Society of Washington
Records, circa 1880-1972
The Biological Society of Washington was founded on December 3, 1880. Its original purpose was the furtherance of biological scholarship by providing a forum for the presentation of scientific papers. Later modifications limited the purpose to the furtherance of taxonomic study and the diffusion of taxonomic knowledge, mainly through the publication of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. It was also one of the eight founding organizations of the Washington Academy of Sciences.
The governing council of the Society includes the elected officers and selected local members. The first president was George Brown Goode and the first recording secretary was Richard Rathbun. A number of other Smithsonian Institution and United States National Museum staff have been active members of the Society, as have staff from other federal government scientific agencies, particularly the Departments of Agriculture and Interior.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
The records of the Society include mailing and membership lists, officers' reports, financial material, minutes of meetings, and official correspondence. There is a sizeable amount of correspondence and related material concerning the publication of manuscripts in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7185, Biological Society of Washington, Records