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.