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Department of Entomology papers, circa 1896-1970

Identifier: DR 067

Scope and content

Field notes from Frank E. Watson, the first steward of Lepidoptera at American Museum of Natural History. Field notes begin in 1896 and end in 1947, the time of Watson's death. Concerned chiefly with butterflies collecting in the West Indies and northeastern United States. Also included are field notes from Fred Rindge, insect collecting expedition (primarily in the United States) from 1955-1970. Papers, records, notebooks, metal index card container and research of the Department of Entomology. Contains freak monarch butterfly with two wings, framed in display case. Also includes many notebooks and loose papers describing various insect species.


  • 1896 - 1970


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12 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

5 Photographic Slides : glass plate negatives

1 Photographic Print (1 photograph.)

100 Photographic Slides : negatives

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Method of acquisition--Transferred to the Library; Date of acquisition--June 2006..

General Note

Includes field notes.

General Note

Unprocessed collection.

General Note

condition reviewed 20110519 poor; contains slides and negatives that may need to be rehoused and/or relocated; general housing and storage of materials is poor; bindings are deteriorating; papers are brittle; slides and negatives are not properly stored

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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
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New York NY 10024 USA
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