Correspondence, 1901-1964


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Consists of records documenting departmental business of the Department of Zoology under Head Curators Waldo L. Schmitt, 1947-1957; Herbert Friedmann, 1957-1961; Fenner Albert Chace, Acting Head Curator, 1961-1962; and Horton Holcombe Hobbs, 1962-1964. Records dated prior to 1947 document the activities of the Department's predecessor office, the Department of Biology, under Head Curators Frederick William True, 1897-1911; Leonhard Stejneger, 1911-1943; and Waldo L. Schmitt, 1943-1947. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence. Correspondents include vertebrate and invertebrate zoologists, administrators and staff of the Smithsonian and the Museum, and the general public.


United States National Museum Department of Zoology


  • Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
  • True, Frederick William 1858-1914
  • Schmitt, Waldo L (Waldo Lasalle) 1887-1977
  • Chace, Fenner Albert
  • Friedmann, Herbert 1900-1987
  • Hobbs, Horton Holcombe 1914-1994
  • United States National Museum Department of Biology


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1901
  • 1901-1964





Local number

SIA RS00035

Physical description

7 cu. ft. processed holdings