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Record Unit 7232,  Resser, Charles Elmer, 1889-1943,  Charles Elmer Resser Papers, 1912-1942 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Resser, Charles Elmer, 1889-1943
Title: Charles Elmer Resser Papers
Dates: 1912-1942 and undated
Quantity: 1.7 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 7232
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers consist of Resser's professional correspondence, 1912-1940 and undated; notebooks from field trips in the United States and museum collection study trips in Europe; a manuscript on Wisconsin localities at the Milwaukee Public Museum; and photographs from his field trips.

Historical Note

Charles Elmer Resser (1889-1943), paleontologist, was born in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Pennsylvania State Teachers College, B. Ped., 1912; Franklin and Marshall College, B.A., 1913; Princeton University, M.A., 1915; and The George Washington University, Ph.D., 1917. Resser's interest in Cambrian fossils was developed while a student of H. Justin Roddy at Franklin and Marshall.

In 1914 Resser came to the United States National Museum as an assistant to Charles D. Walcott. In 1915 he was appointed Assistant Curator in the Division of Paleontology and subsequently held positions as Assistant Curator, Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, 1923; Associate Curator, Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, 1924-1928; Curator, Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, 1929-1940; and Curator, Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany, 1941-1943. Resser was also a part-time faculty member at The George Washington University, 1915-1932. Resser also taught geology at the University of Maryland for several years.

Introduction

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

Descriptive Entry

These papers consist of Resser's professional correspondence, 1912-1940 and undated; notebooks from field trips in the United States and museum collection study trips in Europe; a manuscript on Wisconsin localities at the Milwaukee Public Museum; and photographs from his field trips.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7232, Resser, Charles Elmer, 1889-1943, Charles Elmer Resser Papers

Container List

Series 1

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1912-1940 AND UNDATED.

This series consists of Resser's incoming and outgoing correspondence as a student and later while employed at the Smithsonian's United States National Museum with national and international geologists. Correspondence concerns the identification and exchange of specimens; administration of the Department of Geology; and the continuation of Charles D. Walcott's Cambrian studies.

Box 1

Folder 1 Baker, Fred, 1923-1924

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Folder 2 Beckwith, Frank, 1928-1933

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Folder 3 Cobbold, Edgar S., 1914, 1921-1936

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Folder 4 Edwards, Ira, 1925-1934

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Folder 5 Ehman, Philip, 1926-1931

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Folder 6 Endo, Riuji, 1925-1934

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Folder 7 Foerste, August F., 1920-1925

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Folder 8 Geological Society of America, 1927-1938

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Folder 9 Guggenheim Fellowships, 1928-1929

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Folder 10 Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1925-1931

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Folder 11 Howell, Benjamin F., 1915-1919

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Folder 12 Howell, Benjamin F., 1920-1922

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Box 2

Folder 1 Howell, Benjamin F., 1923

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Folder 2 Howell, Benjamin F., 1924

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Folder 3 Howell, Benjamin F., 1925-1926

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Folder 4 Howell, Benjamin F., 1927-1928

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Folder 5 Howell, Benjamin F., 1929

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Folder 6 Howell, Benjamin F., 1930-1931

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Folder 7 Howell, Benjamin F., 1932-1933

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Box 3

Folder 1 Howell, Benjamin F., 1934-1935

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Folder 2 Howell, Benjamin F., 1936-1937

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Folder 3 Howell, Benjamin F., 1938-1939

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Folder 4 Hurlbut Collection, 1934-1935

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Folder 5 Keyte, I.A., 1922-1927

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Folder 6 Kindle, E.M., 1920-1937 and undated

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Folder 7 Koch, Lauge, 1924-1931

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Folder 8 Koch, Lauge - First Tour, 1929-1930

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Folder 9 Koch, Lauge - Second Tour, 1930

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Folder 10 Koliha, Jan, 1925-1935

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Folder 11 McKee, Edwin D., 1930-1933

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Folder 12 Maryland University, 1928-1933

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Folder 13 National Research Council, 1938-March, 1939

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Box 4

Folder 1 National Research Council, April, 1939-1940

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Folder 2 Pack, Frederick J., 1927-1930

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Folder 3 Poor, Henry Warren, 1927-1929

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Folder 4 Reeds, Chester A., 1934-1935

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Folder 5 Roddy, H. Justin, 1912-1927

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Folder 6 Roddy, H. Justin, 1928-1936

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Folder 7 Smithsonian Committees, 1925-1926 and undated

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Folder 8 Walker, R.T., 1924

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Folder 9 Wetmore, Alexander (Museum), 1920, 1925-1931, 1937, 1940

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Folder 10 White, David, 1929-1932

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Folder 11 WPA, 1936-1940

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Series 2

FIELD NOTEBOOKS, DIARIES, ACCOUNT BOOKS, AND MISCELLANEOUS NOTEBOOKS, 1913-1942 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

This series consists of field notebooks, diaries, account books, and other notebooks maintained by Resser while on various field trips, including his study of European museum collections in 1925 and 1931.

Box 5

Folder 1 Field Notebook: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1913, 1918, 1920. Includes maps of Lancaster County.

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Folder 2 Field Notebook: Montana, 1914

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Folder 3 Field Notebook: Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama, 1923

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Folder 4 Diary and Account Book: Virginia, 1923

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Folder 5 Field Notebook: Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana, 1923-1924

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Folder 6 Diary: Rocky Mountain Trips, 1923-1924

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Folder 7 Account Book: Rocky Mountain Trips, 1923-1924

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Folder 8 Diary: Europe, 1925

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Folder 9 Account Book: Rocky Mountain Trips, 1926

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Box 6

Folder 1 Account Book: Rocky Mountain Trips, 1927-1930

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Folder 2 Record of Publications, 1927-1942

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Folder 3 Account Book: Europe, 1930-1931

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Folder 4 Field Notebook: Virginia and Tennessee, 1934

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Folder 5 Account Book: Virginia, Tennessee, and Canada, 1935, 1937, 1942

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Folder 6 Diary: Virginia, Central Pennsylvania, New York, Canada, and New England, 1936-1937, 1939

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Folder 7 Account Book: Rocky Mountain Trips, 1940-1941

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Folder 8 Rocky Mountain Area Localities, undated

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Folder 9 Cambrian Fossils in Europe, undated

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Series 3

UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT ON WISCONSIN LOCALITIES, UNDATED.

This series consists of a typed manuscript on Wisconsin locality numbers and descriptions used by the Milwaukee Public Museum's Department of Geology. It is not known whether this manuscript was written by Resser.

Box 7

Folder 1 Wisconsin Localities Manuscripts, undated

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Series 4

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1923-1940. ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY.

This series consists of photographs taken by Resser on his field trips. Many of the photographs are identified and dated.

Box 7

Volume 1 Photograph Album, 1923-1925

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Box 8

Volume 1 Photograph Album, 1923-1929

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Volume 2 Photograph Album, circa 1931-1940

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Box 9

Volume 1 Photograph Album, 1940-1941

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