Agency history, 1963-circa 1991

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  • Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates) 1905-1990
  • Davis, Donald R (Donald Ray)
  • Field, William D. 1914-1992
  • Duckworth, W. Donald
  • Burns, John McLauren
  • Robbins, Robert K
  • United States National Museum
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Entomology
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Lepidoptera and Diptera
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Nueropteroids
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Entomology


Agency History


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  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • Smithsonian Year
  • The Division of Lepidoptera was created at the time of the establishment of the Department of Entomology in July 1963. The Division was also responsible for the national collection of Diptera, and its title was changed to Division of Lepidoptera and Diptera in 1968. The title reverted to the original in 1974, when activities relating to Diptera were transferred to the Division of Nueropteroids. Around 1991, the Division ceased to be an administrative entity within the Department of Entomology.
  • Research staff of the Division of Lepidoptera (and the Division of Lepidoptera and Diptera) included William D. Field, Associate Curator and Curator, 1963-1980; J. F. Gates Clarke, Curator, Senior Entomologist, and Research Associate, 1963-1990; Donald R. Davis, Associate Curator and Curator, 1963-1991; W. Donald Duckworth, Associate Curator and Curator, 1962-1984; John McLauren Burns, Associate Curator and Curator, 1975-1991; and Robert K. Robbins, Associate Curator and Curator, 1983-1991.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1963
  • 1963-1991
  • 1963-circa 1991


  • Entomology
  • Lepidoptera
  • Entomologists
  • Diptera


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00055

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