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Marjorie Statham unpublished collection of tiger beetle paintings

Identifier: DR 203

Scope and Contents

These tiger beetle paintings are from an incomplete manuscript by Marjorie Statham (nee Favreau) and Mont A. Cazier. The text of the manuscript is missing and possibly in the archives at the Arizona State University where Cazier worked for 20 years after retiring from AMNH in 1962. The collection contains over 300 paintings of tiger beetles and their genitalia, black and white photographs along with hand drawn maps of their localities. Binders of field notes were created by Cazier.

The collection is unprocessed. Several items have been digitized and are available in AMNH Digital Collections.


  • circa 1960s-1990s


Biographical / Historical

Mont A. Cazier (1911–1995), was a noted Coleoptera scholar and AMNH Curator and Chairman of the Entomology Department as well as Director of the Southwestern Research Station in Arizona. Cazier had started studying tiger beetles as a graduate student in the 1930s and while at AMNH, added over 75,000 tiger beetle specimens to the AMNH collections by 1948.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the AMNH Library by Lee Herman (Department of Invertebrate Zoology), October 2015.

Publications and Exhibitions

Several paintings used in library exhibit “What’s in a Name” in 2023 and The Future of Truth project in 2022-2023. [Please update with more specific information].

Other Identifiers



Marjorie Statham unpublished collection of tiger beetle paintings, circa 1960s-1990s
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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