Frank Smith Papers,
1893-1942 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7262
Creators:
Smith, Frank, 1857-1942
Dates:
1893-1942 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.4 linear meter.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
Introduction
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
The papers of Frank Smith document his research on earthworms. They consist of correspondence with biologists and USNM administrators and staff, including Paul Bartsch, Nathan A. Cobb, Gordon Enoch Gates, Chancey Juday, James Arthur MacNab, John Percy Moore, Brayton Howard Ransom, Mary Jane Rathbun, Richard Rathbun, William deC. Ravenel, Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, and Paul Smith Welch; field notes; class notes kept by Smith at Harvard University, 1893; reprints; a bibliography; and research notes.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Frank Smith (1857-1942) was a biology professor and authority on earthworms. He was educated at Hillsdale College (Michigan), Ph.B., 1885, and Harvard University, A.M., 1893. His first teaching job was at Hillsdale College where he served as Professor of Chemistry and Biology from 1886 to 1892. In 1893, Smith was appointed Instructor in Zoology at the University of Illinois. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1896, Associate Professor in 1900, and Professor in 1913. He retired in 1926 and was named Professor Emeritus. Smith also served as Curator of the University Museum of Natural History from 1900 to 1917. Smith's field experience included investigations at the University of Michigan Biological Station during the summers of 1911-1914 and 1919-1922, and a collecting trip to Colorado in 1916. For many years, Smith identified specimens and worked up collections of earthworms for the United States National Museum (USNM). In 1934, he donated his collection of earthworms to the USNM.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7262, Smith, Frank, 1857-1942, Frank Smith Papers

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Smith, Frank, 1857-1942 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schmitt, Waldo L. (Waldo Lasalle), 1887-1977. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bartsch, Paul, 1871-1960 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Juday, Chancey, 1871-1944 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
MacNab, James Arthur. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Moore, J. Percy (John Percy), b. 1869 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ransom, Brayton Howard, 1879-1925 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rathbun, Mary Jane, 1860-1943 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ravenel, William de Chastignier. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Welch, Paul Smith, 1882-1959 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gates, G. E. (Gordon Enoch), 1897- Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cobb, Nathan Augustus, 1859-1932 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rathbun, Richard, 1852-1918 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Invertebrate zoology. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Field notes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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