Riley Donates Insect Collection to USNM

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Summary

Dr. Charles V. Riley, honorary curator of the department of insects, formally donates his insect collection to the United States National Museum (accession no. 16738). The collection, already on deposit at the time of the gift, includes about 800 boxes containing 118,000 specimens of 20,000 species. The regular accession card for the collection is received November 3, 1885.

Subject

United States National Museum

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1886. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 18, 181-187.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1886. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 44.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

October, 1885

Topic

  • Acquisitions
  • Benefactors
  • Entomology
  • Accessions
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Museums--Acquisitions

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