Vignettes of the Presidents of the Entomological Society of America, 1889-1989

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Article provides a vignette of each of the 135 individuals to hold office as president of the Entomological Society of America, or its predecessor, the American Association of Economic Entomologists, during the first 100 years of its existence from 1889 to 1989. Ten of the presidents had strong associations with the Smithsonian Institution's United States National Museum (and later the National Museum of Natural History), as well as careers connected to the United States Department of Agriculture. The experience of First AAEE President Charles Valentine Riley serves as a prime example of a long relationship between the two entities that interwove personnel and facilities. While head of the USDA's Division of Entomology, Riley donated his collection of 115,000 mounted insects to the U. S. National Museum; he was made honorary curator of insects, then assistant curator, and upon his 1894 retirement from USDA, became the museum's first curator of insects.


  • Riley, Charles V (Charles Valentine) 1843-1895
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Insects
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Entomology


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Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America (Journal)

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


Fall 1989


  • Insects
  • Entomology
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Learned institutions and societies
  • Entomologists
  • Biography
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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pgs. 33-65

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