Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972
James Arthur Peters Papers, 1965-1971
James A. Peters (1922-1972) was born in Iowa and educated at the University of Michigan. He held teaching positions at Brown University, 1952-1958; Universidad Centrale de Ecuador, Fulbright Lecturer, 1958-1959; Southern Illinois University, 1959; and San Fernando Valley State College, 1959-1964. In 1964 Peters joined the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, United States National Museum, and served as Associate Curator, 1964-1967, and Curator, 1967-1972.
Peters' professional activities included membership in a number of scientific societies, notably the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). He served the ASIH as Secretary, 1960-1966; Vice-President, 1967; and President, 1970. In 1965, he inaugurated the Smithsonian Herpetological Information Services which distributed material to herpetological labs and individual herpetologists.
This accession consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and published materials documenting Peters' work on the Rare and Endangered Species Committee of the Bureau of Sports Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Department of the Interior.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Peters, James Arthur, 1922-1972
- United States. Department of the Interior. Endangered Species Committee
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 85-186, James Arthur Peters Papers