Correspondence, 1878-1963

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  • Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, receipts, and annual and monthly reports for the Division of Insects regarding determination, distribution, acquisition and loan of specimens; and other scientific matters.
  • Curators and research staff of the Division represented in these materials include Charles V. Riley, Honorary Curator, 1881-1895; L.O. Howard, Honorary Curator, 1895-1950; John Bernhard Smith, Assistant Curator,1886-1889; Martin L. Linell, Aid, 1889-1896; William Harris Ashmead, Assistant Curator, 1897- 1908; Harrison G. Dyar, Acting Assistant Curator, 1907-1908; James Chamberlain Crawford, Assistant Curator and Associate Curator, 1908-1919; John Merton Aldrich, Associate Curator, 1919-1934; Edward Albert Chapin, Curator, 1934-1954; Richard E. Blackwelder, Assistant Curator and Associate Curator, 1940-1954; William Edwin Hoffmann, Associate Curator, 1944-1948; William DeWitt Field, Associate Curator, 1948-1963; Grace E. Glance, Associate Curator, 1948-1957; Oscar Ling Cartwright, Associate Curator, 1948-1963; Sophy Parfin, Assistant Curator, 1951-1959; J.F. Gates Clarke, Curator, 1954-1963; Ralph E. Crabill, Jr., Associate Curator, 1956-1963; Oliver S. Flint, Associate Curator, 1961-1963; Donald R. Davis, Associate Curator, 1961- 1963; Paul J. Spangler, Associate Curator, 1962-1963; and W.D Donald Duckworth, 1962-1963.


  • Ashmead, William H (William Harris) 1855-1908
  • Riley, Charles V (Charles Valentine) 1843-1895
  • Howard, L. O (Leland Ossian) 1857-1950
  • Blackwelder, Richard E
  • Cartwright, Oscar Ling
  • Chapin, Edward Albert 1894-
  • Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990
  • Crabill, Ralph E
  • Davis, Donald R (Donald Ray)
  • Duckworth, W. Donald
  • Dyar, Harrison G (Harrison Gray) 1866-1929
  • Field, William D. 1914-1992
  • Flint, Oliver S
  • Hoffmann, William Edwin 1896-
  • Smith, John Bernhard 1858-1912
  • Spangler, Paul J
  • Linell, Martin L
  • Crawford, James Chamberlain
  • Glance, Grace E
  • Parfin, Sophy
  • Aldrich, John Merton 1866-1934


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Repository Loc.

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  • 1878
  • 1878-1963





Local number

SIA RS00279

Physical description

20.75 cu. ft. processed holdings

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