Finding Aids to Oral Histories in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 9609
Illg, Paul L. interviewee
Paul L. Illg Oral History Interview, 1978
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.
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.
The Paul Louis Illg Interview was conducted on March 23, 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 and 38 pages of transcript.
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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Illg, Paul L.
- Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977
- Bayer, Ted
- Chace, Fenner Albert
- Henson, Pamela M., interviewer
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Invertebrate Zoology
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
- United States National Museum
- Museums -- Employees
- Museums -- Employees
- Marine invertebrates
- Museum curators -- United States -- Interviews
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9609, Paul L. Illg Oral History Interview