Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7305
Aldrich, John Merton, 1866-1944
John Merton Aldrich Papers, 1916-1934
John Merton Aldrich (1866-1934) was born in Minnesota. After graduating from South Dakota State University, Aldrich worked briefly for the South Dakota State Agricultural Experiment Station, and then became the first Professor of Zoology at the University of Idaho in 1891. While at Idaho, he worked on many phases of economic entomology and also began work on his catalog of American Diptera, which was published in 1905. In 1913, Aldrich was appointed Entomological Assistant in the Bureau of Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture, and was assigned to the Cereal and Forage Crop Insects Section in Indiana. In 1919, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the United States National Museum as Custodian of Diptera and Associate Curator of Insects, positions he held until his death.
This collection consists of correspondence between Aldrich and other dipterists and includes considerable correspondence with Leland Ossian Howard and Charles Henry Tyler Townsend.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Aldrich, John Merton, 1866-1934
- Howard, L. O. (Leland Ossian), 1857-1950
- Townsend, Charles Henry Tyler
- South Dakota State University
- University of Idaho
- United States. Bureau of Entomology
- United States National Museum. Division of Insects
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7305, John Merton Aldrich Papers