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Record Unit 7379

Stelfox, Arthur Wilson, 1883-1972

Arthur Wilson Stelfox Papers, 1904-1967

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Stelfox, Arthur Wilson, 1883-1972
Title: Arthur Wilson Stelfox Papers
Dates: 1904-1967
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 7379
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers document Stelfox's work as a naturalist in Great Britain and Ireland and the development of his collection of Hymenoptera. They include diaries concerning Hymenoptera and other insects collected, 1921-1965; lists of mollusks collected, 1904-1917; correspondence, primarily with A. Clive Jewitt, G. E. J. Nixon, and R. C. L. Perkins, concerning Stelfox's study of Hymenoptera; manuscripts sent to Stelfox for comment; published papers, with extensive marginalia; illustrations; and working notes.

Historical Note

Arthur Wilson Stelfox (1883-1972), Irish naturalist and entomologist, was born in Belfast and studied architecture in Ireland and England. While practicing that profession, Stelfox also did some work in natural history and served as secretary of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club. In 1920, he received appointment as Assistant Naturalist at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, where he specialized in the Hymenoptera. Following his retirement in 1948, Stelfox continued to build his collections, and donated them to the Smithsonian in 1966.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers document Stelfox's work as a naturalist in Great Britain and Ireland and the development of his collection of Hymenoptera. They include diaries concerning Hymenoptera and other insects collected, 1921-1965; lists of mollusks collected, 1904-1917; correspondence, primarily with A. Clive Jewitt, G. E. J. Nixon, and R. C. L. Perkins, concerning Stelfox's study of Hymenoptera; manuscripts sent to Stelfox for comment; published papers, with extensive marginalia; illustrations; and working notes.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7379, Arthur Wilson Stelfox Papers

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Container List

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"Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox," 1921-1965

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Folder 8 Volume 8, Diary of Insects, etc, chiefly hymenoptera collected by A. W. Stelfox, June 1936- July 1936, October 1936 -July 8 1937

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Folder 9 Volume 9, Diary of Insects, etc, chiefly hymenoptera collected by A. W. Stelfox, July 10th 1937- July 24 1938

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Folder 11 Volume 11, Diary of Excursions, Captures of Insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera) made by A. W. Stelfox from 1st January 1940 till 13th July 1941

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Folder 12 Volume 12 Diary of Excursions, Captures of Insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera) mostly made by A. W. Stelfox from 16th January 1941 till 13th September 1942

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Folder 13 Volume 13, Diary of Excursions, Captures of Insects, etc, (chiefly hymenoptera) mostly made by A. W. Stelfox from 16th September 1942 till 22nd September 1943

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Folder 5 Volume 20, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, 1952-1953

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Folder 6 Volume 21, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 23rd August 1953 until 25th July 1954

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Folder 7 Volume 22, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 26th July 1954 until 2 October 1954

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Folder 8 Volume 23, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 7th October 1954 until 7th September 1955

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Folder 9 Volume 24, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 8th September 1955 until 29th June 1957

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Folder 10 Volume 25, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 29th June 1957 till 18th May 1958

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Folder 11 Volume 26, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 19th May 1958 till 18th November 1958

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Folder 12 Volume 27, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 19th November 1958 till 31st October 1959

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Folder 13 Volume 28, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 9th June 1959 until 18th June 1960

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Folder 14 Volume 29, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 19th June 1960 until 16th May 1961

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Folder 16 Volume 31, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 10th September 1961 until 15th April 1964

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Folder 17 Volume 32, Diary of Hymenoptera, Other Insects, Plants, etc. seen or taken by A. W. Stelfox, from 11th April 1964 until 15th August 1965

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"Lists of Land and Freshwater Mollusca and Localities found in Great Britain and Ireland by A. W. Stelfox," 1904-1917

Folder 18 Volume 1, Lists of Land and Freshwater Mollusca and Localities found in Great Britain and Ireland by A. W. Stelfox, 1905-1909

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Folder 19 Volume 2, Lists of Land and Freshwater Mollusca found by A. W. Stelfox : including record taken by other collectors on the same excursions, journal, 1909-1911

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Folder 20 Volume 3, Lists of Land and Freshwater Mollusca found by A. W. Stelfox : including record taken by other collectors on the same excursions, journal, 1911-1917

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Located in the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History

Correspondence, 1932-1967. Especially prominent correspondents are A. Clive Jewitt, G. E. J. Nixon, and R. C. L. Perkins.

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Working notes of Stelfox; numerous manuscripts sent to him in draft for commentary; drawings and sketches; published papers, especially Opuscula Ichneumonologica, volume I, extensive marginalia and interleaved commentary.

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