The Division of Hemiptera was created when the Department of Entomology was established in July 1963. The Department was organized by discipline into five divisions: Neuropteroids, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Myriapoda and Arachnida, and Hemiptera.
For administrative purposes, the Division of Hemiptera also processed transactions relating to Hymenoptera, until a separate division could be created. Since Hymenoptera did not separate from Hemiptera until 1984, the title Division of Hemiptera and Hymenoptera was frequently used during the 1960's and 1970's. Curators represented in these records include Richard Charles Froeschner, Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., and Gerald I. Stage.
Froeschner was appointed Associate Curator in 1963, a position he still held as of 1993. Krombein was Chairman of the Department from 1966 to 1970, and a Senior Entomologist from 1971 to 1980, at which time his title was changed to Senior Scientist. Hurd succeeded Krombein as Chairman in 1970, and in 1977 he became a Curator in the Division of Hemiptera and Hymenoptera. Hurd's title was changed to Senior Scientist in 1980, and he remained with the Division until his death in 1982. Stage was an Assistant Curator from 1966 to 1970.