Agency history, 1966-1974

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  • Ranck, Gary L (Gary Laval) 1933-
  • Pine, Ronald H
  • Handley, Charles O (Charles Overton) 1924-2000
  • Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Mammal Identification Service
  • b Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mammals
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • The Mammal Identification Service (MIS) was established in 1966. It was located in the Division of Mammals, Museum of Natural History, and supported jointly by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Charles O. Handley, Curator in the Division of Mammals, was Principal Investigator of the project. Gary L. Ranck was appointed Curator of MIS in 1966. Ranck resigned the following year and was replaced by Ronald H. Pine, who served until 1973. The MIS was terminated in 1974 when NIH support ceased.
  • The primary purpose of MIS was to provide rapid identifications of mammals for medical and epidemiological purposes. In addition to providing identifications, MIS published manuals on the classification and identification of mammals and trained paramedical workers in techniques for the collection and field preservation of specimens.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1966
  • 1966-1974


  • Vertebrates
  • Animals
  • Mammals
  • Vertebrate zoology


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00034

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