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Record Unit 7326,  Reeside, John B,(John Bernard),1889-1958,  John B. Reeside, Jr, Papers, 1916-1958 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Reeside, John B,(John Bernard),1889-1958
Title: John B. Reeside, Jr, Papers
Dates: 1916-1958 and undated
Quantity: 0.7 linear meter.
Collection: Record Unit 7326
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This collection consists of papers documenting Reeside's career at the USGS, his paleontological research, and his service in professional organizations. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning his research; the identification of specimens; the publication of scientific papers; and USGS business, particularly his work on the Committee on Geological Names. Also included are files documenting his work in professional organizations, especially the American Geological Institute and the Geological Society of America; personnel and administrative records generated during his career; and a brief autobiographical sketch.

Historical Note

John B. Reeside, Jr., (1889-1958) was a geologist specializing in the study of the Mesozoic stratigraphy and paleontology of the western United States. While receiving his education at The Johns Hopkins University (A.B., 1911; Ph.D., 1915), he joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a part-time assistant with the field parties mapping coal-bearing areas in North Dakota and Wyoming. Reeside remained with the USGS for his entire professional career. He served in a variety of positions including Assistant Geologist, 1915-1919; Paleontologist, 1919-1920; and Geologist, 1920-1932. From 1932 to 1949, Reeside was Chief of the Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch. He retired from the post in 1949 to resume full-time research as a geologist. Reeside also served on the USGS Committee on Geological Names from 1929 to 1958, and acted as Chairman from 1947 to 1952. He was an honorary Research Associate in invertebrate paleontology at the United States National Museum from 1944 until his death.

Reeside was internationally recognized as an authority on the Mesozoic stratigraphy and fauna of the western interior of the United States. He was the author of over 70 scientific papers, almost evenly divided between stratigraphy and descriptive paleontology. Three genera and twenty-one species of fossil invertebrates were named in his honor. Reeside was active professionally and served as President of the Geological Society of Washington, 1941; President of the Paleontological Society, 1943; and Vice-President of the Geological Society of America in 1935 and 1944. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geological Institute, 1948-1949.

For additional biographical information on Reeside see "Memorial to John Bernard Reeside, Jr. (1889-1958)," by Ralph W. Imlay. Proceedings Volume of the Geological Society of America Annual Report for 1954, pp. 173-178. 1959.

Introduction

The 1879 act establishing the United States Geological Survey (USGS) declares "And all collections of rocks, minerals, soils, and fossils, and objects of natural history, archaeology, and ethnology, made by the Coast and Interior Survey, the Geological Survey, or by any other parties for the Government of the United States, when no longer needed for investigations in progress, shall be deposited in the National Museum." Many of the paleontologists affiliated with the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch have been stationed at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to study and care for the national collections. This close working relationship between the USGS and the NMNH has resulted in the Smithsonian Archives acquiring records and special collections documenting paleontological work of the Survey and its scientists.

Descriptive Entry

This collection consists of papers that document Reeside's career at the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The majority of the papers date from the mid-1940s to 1958 and document his paleontological research and his service in professional organizations. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence written primarily between 1950 and 1958. The correspondence mostly documents Reeside's paleontological research on ammonites, especially his studies of Neogastropites. The letters also concern specimen identification; the preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts; professional activities; and the work of the Committee on Geological Names and other USGS business. The collection also provides documentation of Reeside's service in professional organizations. Of special interest are records concerning Reeside's role in the founding and initial activities of the American Geological Institute, and his service as an officer of the Geological Society of America. Also included in the collection are a variety of personnel and administrative records generated during his career with the USGS, and a brief autobiographical statement prepared by Reeside.

Researchers should consult SI Archives Accession 88-180 for records documenting Reeside's seventeen year-career as Chief of the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch.

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7326, Reeside, John B,(John Bernard),1889-1958, John B. Reeside, Jr, Papers

Container List

Series 1

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1916-1958. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Box 1

Folder 1 A-C, general

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Folder 2 Applin, Esther Richards, 1952-1957

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Folder 3 Berry, S. Stillman, 1950, 1954

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Folder 4 Burma, Benjamin H., 1955

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Folder 5 Cecioni, Giovanni, 1953, 1956, 1958

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Folder 6 Chubb, Lawrence J., 1954-1958

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Folder 7 Cloud, Preston E., Jr., 1950-1953

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Folders 8-9 Cobban, William A., 1950-1958

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Folder 10 Craig, Lawrence C., 1951-1956

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Folder 11 D-G, general

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Folder 12 Dane, Carle H., 1956-1957

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Folder 13 Dunbar, Carl O., 1950-1957

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Folder 14 Durham, J. Wyatt, 1950-1952

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Folder 15 Elias, Maxim K., 1950-1957

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Folder 16 Foreign Geology Branch, USGS, 1953-1958

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Folder 17 Frebold, Hans, 1950-1958

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Folder 18 H-J, general

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Folder 19 Haas, Otto H., 1952-1958

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Folder 20 Haque, A. F. M. Mohsenul, 1957-1958

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Box 2

Folder 1 Harshbarger, John W., 1952-1955

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Folder 2 Hazzard, Roy T., 1952-1956

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Folder 3 Holmes, Clifford N., 1950-1956

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Folder 4 Imlay, Ralph W., 1951-1957

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Folders 5-6 Jeletzky, Jury A., 1950-1958

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Folder 7 Jones, David L., 1955-1958

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Box 3

Folder 1 K-O, general

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Folder 2 Keen, A. Myra, 1953

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Folder 3 Kellum, Lewis B., 1953, 1958-1959

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Folder 4 Kobayashi, Teiichi, 1947-1952, 1956

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Folder 5 Kummel, Bernhard, 1951-1955

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Folder 6 LaRocque, Aurele, 1953, 1958

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Folder 7 Loeblich, Alfred R., Jr., 1953, 1956-1957

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Folder 8 Love, J. David, 1950-1956

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Folder 9 Matsumoto, Tatsuro, 1937, 1947, 1957-1958

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Folder 10 McLearn, Frank H., 1950-1954, 1957-1958

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Folder 11 Moore, Raymond C., 1950-1951, 1955-1958

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Folder 12 Muller, Simon William, 1950, 1955

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Folder 13 Newell, Norman D., 1957

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Folder 14 Oleksyshyn, John, 1950, 1953, 1958

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Folder 15 P-Z, general

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Folder 16 Peck, Raymond E., 1949-1955, 1958

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Folder 17 Peterson, James A., 1955-1956

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Folder 18 Poborski, Stanislaw J., 1952-1957

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Folder 19 Popenoe, Willis Parkison, 1954, 1958

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Folder 20 Repenning, Charles A., 1954-1955

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Folder 21 Richards, Horace G., 1951-1957

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Folder 22 Sastry, Munikoti Venkatesaiah Arunchala, 1953-1954, 1958

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Folder 23 Schmid, Friedrich, 1949, 1952

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Folder 24 Schmidt, Ruth A. M., 1954-1955

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Folder 25 Shaw, Alan B., 1954-1955

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Folder 26 Silberling, Norman J., 1953-1958

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Folder 27 Simmons, George C., 1956

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Folder 28 Sohl, Norman F., 1954-1955

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Folder 29 Sohn, I. Gregory, 1951-1953

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Folder 30 Spieker, Edward M., 1952-1955

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Folder 31 Stokes, W. Lee, 1950-1953

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Folder 32 Stoyanow, Alexander, 1950, 1958

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Folder 33 Taylor, Dwight W., 1953-1957

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Folder 34 Todd, Ruth, 1949-1954

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Folder 35 Vokes, Harold E., 1942, 1952-1956

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Box 4

Folder 1 Waage, Karl M., 1951-1956

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Folder 2 Wade, Bruce, 1956-1957

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Folder 3 Wallis, B. Franklin, 1947-1949

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Folder 4 Wiedmann, Jost, 1957-1958

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Folder 5 Wright, C. W., 1953-1954, 1957-1958

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Folders 6-8 Yen, Teng-Chien, 1944-1957

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Folder 9 Young, Keith, 1955-1958

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Series 2

ORGANIZATIONAL FILES, 1943-1958. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Box 4

Folder 10 American Geological Institute (AGI), general, 1944-1950. Includes materials concerning the founding of AGI.

Box 4 of 6

Folder 11 AGI. Conference of Delegates, Washington, D.C., October 12-13, 1945.

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Folder 12 AGI. Board of Directors, Annual Meeting, El Paso, Texas, November 1949.

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Box 5

Folder 1 Geological Society of America (GSA), general, 1950-1958

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Folder 2 GSA. Penrose Medal Award, 1943-1945.

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Folder 3 GSA. Council Proceedings, December 28, 1943.

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Folder 4 GSA. Council Proceedings, April 22, 1944.

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Folder 5 GSA. Council Proceedings, October 21, 1944.

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Folder 6 GSA. Council Proceedings, December 28, 1944.

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Folder 7 GSA. Proceedings of the Constitutional Meeting of the Proposed Geological Federation, October 22, 1944.

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Folder 8 Geological Society of Washington, 1950-1952

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Folder 9 International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, 1957-1958. Includes materials concerning the retirement of Secretary Francis Hemming, 1958.

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Folder 10 Joint Committee on Invertebrate Paleontology, 1948-1956. Includes correspondence of Raymond C. Moore concerning the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology.

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Folder 11 National Science Foundation, 1952-1958

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Folder 12 Paleontological Society, The, 1943-1946, 1955

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Folder 13 Paleontological Society of Japan, 1951, 1954

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Folder 14 Sigma Xi, 1954-1958

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Series 3

BIOGRAPHICAL, PERSONNEL, AND UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MATERIALS, 1916-1957, AND UNDATED.

Box 6

Folder 1 Autobiographical Statement, undated

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Folder 2 Bibliography, 1957

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Folder 3 Field equipment records, 1923-1958

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Folder 4 Field plans and authorizations, 1916-1949

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Folder 5 Mailing lists for professional papers, undated

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Folder 6 United States Geological Survey, 1919-1957, and undated. Consists mostly of personnel materials including personal statements, appointment and designation records, research summaries, and program reviews.

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