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These papers concern entomology, especially the early stages of insect development and more particularly the larvae of Coleoptera. They include extensive correspondence with J. P. Kryger, 1936-1939, and data on Kryger's contributions to the national collection of insects. Other correspondence, usually incoming with some draft copies of Boving's letters with a wide range of professional acquaintances, concerns the acquisition and loan of specimens, determinations, and evaluation of papers for publication. Much of the correspondence is in Danish, German, and French. Also included is an incomplete series of plates prepared for Boving's Synopsis of the Coleoptera and Boving and Craighill's Larva of the Coleoptera.
Adam Giede Boving (1869-1957) was born in Denmark, where he served as Assistant Curator of Entomology in the Zoological Museum, Copenhagen, from 1902 to 1913. In 1913 he joined the staff of the Bureau of Entomology, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He was a specialist in the larvae of Coleoptera. Boving was a Research Associate of the Smithsonian from 1939, and he retired from the USDA in 1945. He was the author of a series of illustrated descriptions on the early stages of Coleoptera.
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