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Record Unit 7251

Knight, J. Brookes (James Brookes), 1888-1960

J. Brookes Knight Papers, circa 1928-1955 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Knight, J. Brookes (James Brookes), 1888-1960
Title: J. Brookes Knight Papers
Dates: circa 1928-1955 and undated
Quantity: 5.5 cu. ft. (11 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 7251
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers consist of general correspondence with his family and amateur and professional paleontologists; unpublished manuscripts on gastropods and a typescript by F. M. Wadley of the United States Department of Agriculture; and drawings and a map of geological formations in central Texas. Correspondence concerns family financial matters; the administration of the USNM's Department of Geology; the review and publication of journal articles; state geological surveys; Knight's involvement in professional societies; and his research in Europe.

Historical Note

J. Brookes Knight (1888-1960) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree at Princeton University, 1911, his master's degree at the University of Kansas, 1928, and his Ph.D. at Yale University, 1931. After graduating from Princeton, Knight returned to St. Louis to help in his family's business. During this time he studied fossils from the St. Louis area which were later used as the basis for his thesis at Kansas.

Following his graduation from Yale, Knight remained there for two years as a Research Associate and Sterling Senior Fellow at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. In 1933 he left the Peabody Museum and went to Occidental College in California where he was an Assistant Professor of Geology. From 1934 to 1935, he was in Europe on a Penrose Grant from The Geological Society of America to study Paleozoic gastropod collections in European museums. In 1936, he was appointed Lecturer and Curator of Paleozoic Invertebrate Paleontology at Princeton. During World War II, he also served as Instructor of Geology at Princeton's Army Special Training Program. During the summers of 1931, 1936, and 1938, Knight was an Assistant Geologist with the United States Geological Survey, assisting Philip B. King in studying the Permian fossils of Texas.

In 1945 Knight joined the staff of the United States National Museum (USNM) as a Research Associate in Paleontology, a position which he held until his retirement in 1956 when he was made an Honorary Research Associate. At the USNM Knight was in charge of the Paleozoic gastropods. As a result of his work with these fossils, Knight helped to prepare a section on Paleozoic gastropods for the Index Fossils of North America (1944) and the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology published by the Paleontological Society in 1960. He also helped prepare a study of Permian fossils, parts of which were published posthumously.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers consist of general correspondence with his family and amateur and professional paleontologists; unpublished manuscripts on gastropods and a typescript by F. M. Wadley of the United States Department of Agriculture; and drawings and a map of geological formations in central Texas. Correspondence concerns family financial matters; the administration of the USNM's Department of Geology; the review and publication of journal articles; state geological surveys; Knight's involvement in professional societies; and his research in Europe.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7251, J. Brookes Knight Papers

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Container List

Series 1

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1928-1955 AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Box 1

Folder 1 American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1938, 1945

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Folder 2 American Museum of Natural History, 1943-1953

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Folder 3 A, general, 1933-1954

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Folder 4 Bramlette, W. A., 1942

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Folder 5 Branson, Carl C., 1938, 1946-1948

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Folder 6 Bridge, Josiah, 1934-1939, 1948, 1951

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Folder 7 Ba - Bil, general, 1934-1953

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Folder 8 Bio - Bu, general, 1934-1954

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Folder 9 Canada Geological Survey (Bell, Walter A.), 1940-1941, 1954

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Folder 10 Caster, Kenneth E., 1939-1943, 1951

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Folder 11 Cline, L. M., 1941, 1950

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Folder 12 Cloud, Preston E., Jr., 1938-1949

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Folder 13 Cooper, G. Arthur, 1934-1946, 1953-1954

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Folder 14 Cooper, Kenneth, 1944-1947

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Folder 15 Cox, L. R., 1946-1949

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Box 2

Folder 1 Croneis, Carey, 1939-1944

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Folder 2 C, general, 1932-1955

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Folder 3 DeFord, Ronald K., 1940-1948

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Folder 4 Devonian Card Catalogue and Bibliography Correspondence with A. S. Warthin, Jr., 1941

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Folder 5 Dunbar, Carl O., 1934-1955

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Folder 6 Dunbar, Carl O. - Nomenclature, 1943-1945

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Folder 7 Dunbar, Carl O. - Pseudoschwager, 1944-1954

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Folder 8 D, general, 1934-1951

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Folder 9 Elias, Maxim K., 1936-1955

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Folder 10 Evolution, Society for the Study of, 1948-1953

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Folder 11 E, general, 1946-1955

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Box 3

Folder 1 Fischer, Alfred G., 1941-1942

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Folder 2 F, general, 1935-1955

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Folder 3 General Council on Zoological Nomenclature Correspondence with Wilfred H. Osgood, 1943

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Folder 4 Geological Society of America, 1933-1936

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Folder 5 Geological Society of America, 1937-1940

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Folder 6 Geological Society of America, 1941-1946

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Folder 7 Geological Society of America, 1947-1955 and undated

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Folder 8 Geological Society of America - Policy and Administration Committee, 1942, 1946-1948

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Folder 9 Gilbert, Eirlys Grey (Thomas), 1937-1946

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Folder 10 G, general, 1934-1954

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Box 4

Folder 1 Henbest, Lloyd George, 1934-1942 and undated

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Folder 2 Hollingsworth, Richard V., 1934-1935, 1944-1947, 1952-1953

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Folder 3 H, general, 1934-1955

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Folder 4 International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, 1938-1948

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Folder 5 International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature - Reducing Prices on Publications, 1943-1946

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Folder 6 International Rules of Zoological Nomenclature Article 25, 1946-1948

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Folder 7 International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature, 1947, 1950, 1954

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Folder 8 I, general, 1935-1954

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Folder 9 Joint Committee on Zoological Nomenclature, 1948-1951

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Folder 10 J, general, 1934-1953

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Folder 11 Kelly, William A., 1939-1942

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Folder 12 Kindle, Edward M., 1931-1940

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Folder 13 King, Philip B., 1931-1937

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Box 5

Folder 1 King, Philip B., 1938-1953 and undated

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Folder 2 King, Robert E., 1944

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Folder 3 Knight Family, 1934-1944

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Folder 4 Knopf, Eleanor Bliss, 1939

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Folder 5 Kriz, Stanislav, 1942-1947, 1955

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Folder 6 K, general, 1934-1954

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Folder 7 L, general, 1932-1955

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Folder 8 Marine Lab - University of Miami, 1951, 1954

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Folder 9 Meriden Gravure Company, 1938-1945

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Folder 10 Merriam, Charles W., 1941-1942

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Folder 11 Miller, A. K., 1938-1954

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Box 6

Folder 1 Moore, Raymond C., 1928-1938

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Folder 2 Moore, Raymond C., 1940-1951, 1953

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Folder 3 Morris, Percy A., 1939, 1951-1952

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Folder 4 M, general, 1934-1954

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Folder 5 Nadeau, Betty Kellett, 1935-1952 and undated

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Folder 6 National Research Council, 1946-1947

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Folder 7 National Research Council, 1948-1950

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Box 7

Folder 1 Nelson, Lloyd A., 1934, 1945-1949

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Folder 2 New York Trust Company, 1942

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Folder 3 Newell, Norman D., 1934-1942

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Folder 4 Newell, Norman D., 1943-1954

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Folder 5 N, general, 1935-1954

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Folder 6 Office, 1952-1954

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Folder 7 Overman, C. I., 1941-1946

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Folder 8 O, general, 1935-1953

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Folder 9 Paleontological Society, 1945-1946

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Folder 10 Paleontological Society, 1947-1954

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Folder 11 Plummer, Frederick B., 1941-1947

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Folder 12 Plummer, Helen Jeanne, 1941-1949

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Box 8

Folder 1 Princeton University, 1935-1951

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Folder 2 Princeton University - Howell, etc., 1935, 1944-1955

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Folder 3 P - Q, general, 1931-1954

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Folder 4 Rasetti, Franco, 1952-1953

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Folder 5 Resser, Charles Elmer, 1937, 1939, 1941

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Folder 6 Richards, Horace G., 1935, 1940, 1951

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Folder 7 Richter, Rudolf, 1933-1934, 1939, 1945-1949

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Folder 8 R, general, 1932-1952

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Folder 9 Sanford, John T., 1938

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Folder 10 Sardeson, Frederick W., 1939

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Folder 11 Schenck, Hubert G., 1933-1934, 1942

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Folder 12 Schuchert, Charles, 1934, 1939-1941

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Folder 13 Science Magazine, 1946

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Folder 14 Shepard, Francis B., 1951-1952

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Folder 15 Shrock, Robert R., 1940-1952

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Box 9

Folder 1 Simpson, George Gaylord, 1942-1946

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Folder 2 Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 1944-1949

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Folder 3 Society of Systematic Zoology, 1948-1952

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Folder 4 Stoyanow, Alexander, 1943-1949

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Folder 5 Sturgeon, Myron T., 1936-1955

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Folder 6 Sa - Sl, general, 1934-1955

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Folder 7 Sm - Sw, general, 1934-1953

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Folder 8 Teichert, Curt, 1940-1949, 1952-1954

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Folder 9 Thompson, M. L., 1943-1945

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Folder 10 Types Correspondence, A - G, 1931-1938

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Box 10

Folder 1 Types Correspondence, H - R, 1934-1938

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Folder 2 Types Correspondence, S - W, 1935-1938

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Folder 3 T, general, 1934-1954

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Folder 4 USGS, 1953

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Folder 5 United States National Museum, 1945-1952

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Folder 6 University of Texas "Bend Group" Locality Descriptions, 1944

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Folder 7 U, general, 1945, 1951

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Folder 8 Vokes, Harold E., 1938-1954

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Folder 9 V, general, 1934-1944-1954

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Folder 10 Weller, J. Marvin, 1928-1939

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Folder 11 Weller, J. Marvin, 1941-1955

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Folder 12 Wenz, Wilhelm, 1937-1940

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Box 11

Folder 1 Williams, James Steele, 1939-1952

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Folder 2 W, general, 1934-1954

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Folder 3 Yang, Tsun-Yi, 1938-1939, 1946-1947

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Folder 4 Zoological Nomenclature - Commission Revolving Fund Correspondence, 1945-1946

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Folder 5 Zoological Nomenclature, Smithsonian Committee, 1946-1952

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Folder 6 Y- Z, general, 1934-1954

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Series 2

UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS, CIRCA 1934, 1950 AND UNDATED.

This series consists of hand-written and corrected typed copies of several possible unpublished manuscripts by Knight and a typescript by F. M. Wadley of the United States Department of Agriculture

Box 11

Folder 7 Marble Falls - Smithwick Gastropods Manuscript, undated

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Folder 8 Paleozoic Gastropods Manuscript, circa 1934

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Folder 9 Wadley, F. M., Typescript, "An Application of Biometrics to Zoological Classification," 1950

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Series 3

MAP AND DRAWINGS, UNDATED.

This series consists of a published map with annotations of central Texas and annotated copies of drawings of geological formations from central Texas

Box 11

Folder 10 Geological Map of Texas with Annotations, undated

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Folder 11 Drawings of Texas Geological Formations, undated

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