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Audrey Avinoff papers, 1935-1942.

Identifier: Mss .A95


  • 1935 - 1942


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Biographical sketch

Andrey Avinoff was a lepidopterist, artist and museum administrator. Avinoff was a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History from 1942 to 1948. He was curator, Dept. of Entomology, then director of the Carnegie Museum between 1924 and 1945, and director emeritus 1945-1949.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Carnegie Museum. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--1983..

Cumulative Index/Finding Aids Note

folder 1. Entomological notes, Jamaica : handwritten notes -- folder 2. Entomological notes, Jamaica : typescripts -- folder 3. Patterns on butterfly wings and other forms : correspondence with Schour and Stern, 1939 -- folder 4. Patterns on butterfly wings and other forms : original sketches -- folder 5. Patterns on butterfly wings and other forms : reprints -- folder 6. Patterns on butterfly wings and other forms : typescript mss. -- folder 7. Jamaica : Möschler types -- folder 8. Jamaica : Memo on the Anaea of Jamaica, 1941, ms. -- folder 9. Jamaica : other authors -- folder 10. Jamaica. Part 1 -- folder 11. Jamaica. Part 2 -- folder 12. Jamaica. Part 3.

Scope and content

The collection consists of typescripts, correspondence, extracted periodical articles, and handwritten notes with some sketches (mostly pencil) primarily relating to the butterflies of Jamaica, where Avinoff made 6 collecting trips between 1925 and 1940. Other Jamaican fauna is mentioned peripherally. The remainder of the material concerns the patterns of butterfly wings and the study of pattern formation in general. The collection includes: lists of species and Möschler types; an article by Harry K. Clench, A new race of Hemiargus for the Bahamas (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) (extracted from Memorias de la Sociedad Cubana de Historia Natural Vol. 15, no. 4), dedicated and signed by the author and accompanied by a typewritten signed letter; one typewritten signed letter each from dentist Isaac Schour and physicist Otto Stern; and three offprints of articles by Schour with handwritten signed dedications.

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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

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