Libbie Henrietta Hyman taxonomic records
Scope and contents
The collection consists of six notebooks (four composition, one small spiral notepad, one leather), kept as part of Hyman’s research work on invertebrate, including taxonomic identification of Turbellaria. The notebooks range from 1927 to 1964. They feature mathematical equations, trial and error scientific testing and a log of specimens. The majority of the journal content details specimen numbers, as well as information when these items were received, from where and whom. They are all handwritten. Subjects include Hydra, Polycladida, Acoela, and Tricladida classifications. The collection spans Hyman’s research from her time at the University of Chicago, her work at the Bermuda Biological Station and through her affiliation with American Museum of Natural History as a research assistant.
- Hyman, Libbie Henrietta, 1888-1969 (Person)
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Libbie Henrietta Hyman was born on December 6, 1888 to Joseph Hyman and Sabina Neumann. Her father was a Polish-Jewish immigrant from Tsarist Russia. Hyman was a scientist, zoologist, researcher and author.
She graduated in 1910 with a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Chicago. Hyman held a research position the Department of Zoology at the university, working under Dr. Charles M. Child. Her primary interest was in flatworms. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Zoology in 1915.
In 1916, Hyman first began writing numerous articles that would be featured in such publications as the Journal of Experimental Zoology, American Journal of Physiology, and Science. She wrote her first book, A Laboratory Manual for Elementary Zoology, in 1919 and her second, A Laboratory Manual for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy in 1922. She would revise and expand these works in 1929 and 1942, respectively.
Hyman continued to devote herself to her writings about invertebrates. In July 1935 she was working at the Bermuda Biological Station. In this same year she would finish volume one of The Invertebrates. On November 9, 1936 she was made research associate in the Department of Experimental Biology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). She remained in the position until July 1942 when she transferred to the Department of Animal Behavior. In June 1943, she transferred to the Department of Invertebrates as a research associate.
Throughout her time at AMNH, Hyman continued to write her treatise. Volume one of The Invertebrates was published in 1940. Volumes two and three were published in 1951. In 1953, Hyman was appointed Vice President of the American Society of Zoologists. Volumes four, five, and six of The Invertebrates were published in 1955, 1959, and 1967 respectively. From 1959 to 1963, Hyman held the position of editor at Systematic Zoology magazine.
Hyman was the recipient of such accolades as an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Chicago in 1941, the Daniel Giraud Elliot medal from the National Academy of Science (the first woman ever to do so), an honorary Doctor of Science from Coe College in 1959, a gold medal from the Linnaean Society of London in 1960, an honorary Doctor of Law from Upsala College in 1963, and a gold medal for distinguished achievement from AMNH in April 1969.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box )
Language of Materials
Fragile, cracked bindings on notebooks
Source of Acquisition
Hyman, Libbie Henrietta
6 notebooks : ill. ; 21-26 cm.
- Libbie Henrietta Hyman taxonomic records, 1927-1964
- Sarah Cassone
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- The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Finding aid created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2012.
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