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William G. Dietz letter, 1888 Aug. 27

Identifier: Mss .D54

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Consists of one handwritten signed letter by a dealer in zoological specimens in Port of Spain [Trinidad and Tobago], with Dietz's pencil notes at the end. Correspondent is replying to an earlier letter from Dietz. He says that he is low on beetles, but has a larger number of Lepidoptera available and offers to send them. [Specimen?] numbers for Coleoptera and Lepidoptera are listed in the left margin. Dietz has added what look like genus and species names in pencil at the bottom of the second page.


  • 1888


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William G. Dietz was a physician and amateur entomologist, specializing in beetles, especially weevils, and also in Lepidoptera. He published major revisions of some groups of North American insects. Dietz was born in Germany, studied medicine, and emigrated to the United States after the Franco-Prussian War. He completed his medical education at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and set up practice in Hazleton, devoting nights and weekends to the study of insects.


1 Linear Foot (1 box) : 1 item ; 26 cm.

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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.

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