Correspondence, 1861-1962

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Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the members of the staff of the Division of Marine Invertebrates with naturalists, collectors, colleagues, scientists, and museum officials, concerning identification, exchange, and distribution of specimens; collecting work; museum publications; and museum administration. Curators represented in these materials include Richard Rathbun, Curator, 1880-1914; Mary Jane Rathbun, Copyist, Aid, Assistant Curator, and Associate in Zoology, 1886-1943; James E. Benedict, Assistant Curator, 1890-1909; Waldo L. Schmitt, Aid, Assistant Curator, and Curator, 1910, 1915-1947; Clarence R. Shoemaker, Aid, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Associate in Zoology, 1911-1958; Mildred S. Wilson, Assistant Curator, 1944-1946; Fenner Albert Chace, Curator and Senior Zoologist, 1946-1965; Paul L. Illg, Associate Curator, 1947- 1952; Frederick M. Bayer, Assistant and Associate Curator, 1947- 1961; Thomas E. Bowman, Associate Curator, 1954-1965; and Charles E. Cutress, Jr., Associate Curator, 1961-1965.


  • Benedict, James E (James Everard) 1854-1940
  • Chace, Fenner Albert
  • Illg, Paul L
  • Bayer, Frederick M
  • Bowman, Thomas E
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Rathbun, Mary Jane 1860-1943
  • Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977
  • Cutress, Charles E. Jr
  • Shoemaker, Clarence R
  • Wilson, Mildred S


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


  • 1861
  • 1861-1962


  • Marine invertebrates
  • Invertebrate zoology



Local number

SIA RS00132

Physical description

46.56 cu. ft. processed holdings

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