Correspondence, 1880-2017

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Consists of records documenting the identification, loan, and acquisition of specimens; requests for information from scientists and the public; expeditions, field trips, and collectors; research being carried out by the staff; the publication of scientific papers; and administration of the Division of Mammals. Curators represented in these records include Elliott Coues, Honorary Curator, 1880-1883; Frederick William True, Curator, 1883-1909; Gerrit S. Miller, Assistant Curator and Curator, 1898-1940; Marcus Ward Lyon, Aid and Assistant Curator, 1898-1909; Ned Hollister, Assistant Curator, 1910-1916; Remington Kellogg, Assistant Curator and Curator, 1928-1948; David H. Johnson, Associate Curator and Curator, 1941-1967; Raymond M. Gilmore, Associate Curator, 1944-1947; Henry W. Setzer, Associate Curator and Curator, 1949-1979; Charles O. Handley, Jr., Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1950- ; Richard W. Thorington, Associate Curator, 1969-1976, Curator, 1976-2015, and Curator Emeritus, 2015-2017; James G. Mead, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1972- ; Michael D. Carleton, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1979- ; Robert S. Hoffmann; and Don E. Wilson, Curator, 2000- . Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.


  • Coues, Elliott 1842-1899
  • True, Frederick William 1858-1914
  • Miller, Gerrit S (Gerrit Smith) 1869-1956
  • Lyon, Marcus Ward 1875-1942
  • Hollister, N (Ned) 1876-1924
  • Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969
  • Gilmore, Raymond M (Raymond Maurice) 1907-1983
  • Setzer, Henry W
  • Handley, Charles O (Charles Overton) 1924-2000
  • Thorington, Richard W
  • Mead, James G
  • Carleton, Michael D
  • Johnson, David H (David Horn) 1912-1996
  • Hoffmann, Robert S
  • Wilson, Don E
  • United States National Museum


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1880
  • 1880-2017


  • Natural history museums
  • Congresses and conventions
  • Publications
  • Committees
  • Museums
  • Workshops
  • Mammals
  • Vertebrate zoology
  • Professional associations
  • Vertebrates
  • Conservation biology
  • Animals
  • Lectures and lecturing
  • Museum loans
  • Exhibitions
  • Mammalogy
  • Research grants
  • Contracts
  • Museum curators
  • Research
  • Museums--Collection management


  • Manuscripts
  • Electronic records
  • Floppy disks
  • Compact discs
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Color photographs
  • Clippings
  • Brochures
  • Newspapers
  • Field notes
  • Books
  • Laboratory notebooks
  • Newsletters
  • Audiotapes
  • Videotapes
  • Floor plans
  • Drawings
  • Scientific illustrations
  • Maps
  • Posters
  • Digital versatile discs
  • Digital images
  • Black-and-white negatives
  • Black-and-white transparencies
  • Color transparencies

Local number

SIA RS00037

Physical description

  • 69.55 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
  • 34.75 cu. ft. processed holdings

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