Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7374
Richmond, Edward Avery, 1887-1970
Edward Avery Richmond Papers, 1914-1967
Edward Avery Richmond (1887-1970) was an entomologist specializing in the taxonomy and biology of water beetles. He received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts State College in 1930. Richmond held a variety of research and teaching posts between 1913 and 1957. Included were two positions with the United States Department of Agriculture. He was an entomologist with the Japanese Beetle Laboratory from 1924 to 1929 and a foreign plant quarantine inspector from 1945 to 1957. During 1944-1945, Richmond was stationed on Horn Island, off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, as a health officer with the United States Army. He continued to conduct studies of the flora and fauna of Horn Island as a Research Associate of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory from 1959 until his death. Richmond's collection of Coleoptera was donated to the National Museum of Natural History in 1972.
This collection consists of papers documenting Richmond's career and includes correspondence with colleagues concerning his research on water beetles; correspondence and photographs relating to his Army work on Horn Island, Mississippi, and subsequent research on the natural history of the island; and rearing notes and other research materials on water beetles, especially the family Hydrophilidae.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Richmond, Edward Avery, 1887-1970
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
- Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (Ocean Springs, Miss.)
- United States. Army
- United States. Department of Agriculture
- Massachusetts State College
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7374, Edward Avery Richmond Papers