Correspondence, 1874-2003

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Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the activities of the Division of Birds. Topics include exchange of specimens, research projects, and scientific publications. Curators represented in this material include Robert Ridgway, Assistant in Ornithology, 1874-1881, Curator, 1881-1929; Charles Wallace Richmond, Assistant Curator and Associate Curator, 1895- 1932; Joseph Harvey Riley, Assistant Curator and Associate Curator, 1928-1941; Herbert Friedmann, Curator, 1929-1960; Herbert Girton Deignan, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1940-1962; S. Dillon Ripley, Assistant Curator, 1942-1943; Walter Alois Weber, Assistant Curator, 1943-1944; Philip Strong Humphrey, Curator, 1962-1964; Richard L. Zusi, Associate Curator, Curator, and Curator Emeritus, 1964- ; Paul Slud, Associate Curator, 1965-1983; and George E. Watson, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1965- 1984; and Roxie C. Laybourne.


  • Laybourne, Roxie C. 1910-2003
  • Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932
  • Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929
  • Riley, Joseph Harvey 1873-1941
  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • Deignan, H. G (Herbert Girton) 1906-1968
  • Weber, Walter Alois 1905 or 1906-
  • Humphrey, Philip S (Philip Strong) 1926-2009
  • Zusi, Richard L (Richard Laurence) 1930-
  • Slud, Paul
  • Watson, George E (George Elder) 1931-
  • Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001
  • 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


  • 1874
  • 1874-2003


  • Vertebrates
  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Vertebrate zoology
  • Ornithology



Local number

SIA RS00050

Physical description

  • 20 cu. ft. processed holdings
  • 2.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings

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