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Ronald Sterne Wilkinson Memorabilia Collection

Identifier: Mem 102

Scope and Contents

Ronald Sterne Wilkinson was a science historian, entomologist, and environmentalist, who retired from the Library of Congress in 2008 after 38 years of service. In 1975, Wilkinson was appointed Associate in Bibliography at the American Museum of Natural History Library. This collection comprises materials Dr. Wilkinson collected, reflecting his interest and work within his fields of study, particularly science history and entomology. There are 11 microscopes, along with slides and accompanying parts, made between 1760 and 1930, which showcase the evolution of this scientific technology. The collection also includes entomologic items such as killing boxes and wooden specimen cases, and insect nets used by Dr. Wilkinson to collect Lepidoptera around 1965. These items demonstrate how insects were collected and stored in the 19th and 20th century.


  • 1760-circa 1965



24 Objects

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Custodial History

After Dr. Wilkinson’s death, on February 4, 2010, the Museum’s Entomology Department, in the Division of Invertebrates received 3,676 insect specimens. The Library accepted 2,235 books from his private collection, along with the objects that compose the present collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift made by the estate of Ronald Sterne Wilkinson on February 4, 2010.


Ronald Sterne Wilkinson Memorabilia Collection, 1760-circa 1965
Camila Aguirre
January 20, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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