August Busck and Herbert Spencer Barber

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August Busck and Herbert Spencer Barber sit on the steps of Busck's house, 217 Rock Creek Church Road, Washington, D.C. Busck, 1870-1944, was a noted lepidopterist with the United States Department of Agriculture and an honorary curator at the United States National Museum. While his knowledge of the Lepidoptera was extensive, Busck chose to restrict his main efforts to American fauna, especially the groups formerly known as the Tineira and Torticina. Barber, 1882-1950, was associated with entomology at the United States National Museum from 1898 until his death. For most of this time, Barber was an employee of the United States Department of Agriculture.


  • Busck, August
  • Barber, Herbert Spencer
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture Bureau of Entomology
  • United States National Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Photograph included in the transcript of John Frederick Gates Clarke by Pamela M. Henson, March 12, 1986, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 9555 Box 1, John Frederick Gates Clarke Oral History Interview

Contact information

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


c. 1940

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  • Lepidopterists
  • Museums
  • Entomologists
  • Museum curators


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

SIA2010-1280 and 91-13155

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 7w x 4h; Type of Image: Persons, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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