These records consist of professional correspondence and administrative files documenting the activities and research of the Division of Lepidoptera. The correspondence for the most part concerns the loan, acquisition, identification, and distribution of insect specimens. A small amount of the correspondence dates to before the 1963 establishment of the Department of Entomology; the earliest letter is dated 1942. This early correspondence comes from either the Department's predecessor, the Division of Insects, or from lepidopterists working for the United States Department of Agriculture within the United States National Museum.
The administrative records include files describing various private collections of Lepidoptera specimens, reading lists and information sheets for amateur entomologists, memoranda and correspondence, and statistical information about the Division's specimen collection.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 427, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Lepidoptera, Records
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