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Finding Aids to Oral Histories in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 9609

Illg, Paul L. interviewee

Paul Louis Illg Interview, 1978

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Illg, Paul L. interviewee
Title: Paul Louis Illg Interview
Dates: 1978
Quantity: 1 audiotape (Reference copy).
Collection: Record Unit 9609
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This interview of Illg, conducted by Pamela M. Henson in 1978, covers his reminiscences of the staff of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History, especially Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, Fenner A. Chace, and Theodore Bayer.

Historical Note

Paul Louis Illg (1914-1998) received his B.A. in 1936 and M.A. in 1941 from the University of California at Berkeley. He began his Ph.D. program at Berkeley but his studies were interrupted by World War II. After completing his wartime service, Illg was appointed Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology in the National Museum of Natural History from 1947 to 1952, while completing his Ph.D. at The George Washington University in 1952. Illg spent the remainder of his career at the University of Washington teaching zoology, as Assistant Professor in 1952, then Associate Professor, and Professor from 1969 to 1982. He specialized in the systematics and evolution of Crustacea, conducting field work from the Friday Harbor Laboratories. Illg published prodigiously for more than fifty years on parasitic copepods, particularly those living in ascidians. His research on microscopic ascidicolous copepods greatly extended biological and taxonomic knowledge, and illuminated evolutionary processes in these extremely complex parasitic crustaceans.

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Introduction

The Oral History Program is part of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The purpose of the program is to conduct interviews with current and retired members of the Smithsonian staff who have made significant contributions, administrative and scholarly, to the Institution. The project's goal is to supplement the published record and manuscript collections in the Archives, focusing on the history of the Institution and contributions to the increase and diffusion of knowledge made by its scholars.

The Paul L. Illg interview was accessioned into the Oral History Collection to capture his reminiscences of the staff of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History, especially Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, Fenner A. Chace, and Theodore Bayer.

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Descriptive Entry

The Paul Louis Illg Interview was conducted on 23 March 1978 by Smithsonian Archives Historian Pamela M. Henson. The interview discusses his years at the Smithsonian and reminiscences of the staff. The collection consist of approximately 1.0 hour of audiotape, 38 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.25 cubic feet of shelf space. There are two generations of each recording, one original reel-to-reel audiotape and one cassette reference copy. Box 1 contains transcript of the interview and cassette copy of the original recording, which is in security storage.

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Use Restriction

Restricted.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9609, Paul Louis Illg Interview

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Container List

Box 1

Transcripts of Interviews

Interview 1: 23 March 1978

Box 1 of 1
Discusses his education; his years as Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History from 1947 to 1952, and his reminiscences of colleagues, especially curators Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, Fenner A. Chace, and Theodore Bayer; c. 1940s to 1950s.
Transcript, pp. 1-38, of audiotape recording, 1.0 hour.

Audio Recordings of Interviews

Interview 1: 23 March 1978

Box 1 of 1
Total Recording Time: 1.0 hour
Original Master: 1 5" reel-to-reel analog audiotape
Reference Copy: 1 audiotape cassette