Henry Weed Fowler Papers,
circa 1920, 1930-1941
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7180
Creators:
Fowler, Henry Weed, 1878-1965
Dates:
circa 1920, 1930-1941
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
8 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes)
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
These papers consist of Henry Weed Fowler's unpublished manuscripts on the Wilkes Expedition fishes and the last six unpublished parts of his work on the Philippine fishes.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Henry Weed Fowler was born March 23, 1878 in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania. His post-high school academic career was limited to two years (ca. 1900) spent at Stanford University as a special student under David Starr Jordan. His entire professional life was spent in association with the Academy of Natural Sciences where he was employed as a museum assistant (1903-1922), a museum fellow (1922-1923), associate curator of vertebrate zoology (1925-1934), curator of fishes and reptiles (1934-1940) and curator of fishes (1940-1965). While Fowler published papers on crustaceans, birds, reptiles and amphibians during his lifetime, ichthyology was his main interest and the area in which he did most of his work. He was a founder of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and its treasurer for seven years. He was also President of the Society in 1927. He died in 1965.
Fowler's connection with the Smithsonian centered on two main projects. Around 1918, Barton A. Bean, assistant curator of fishes at the United States National Museum, recommended that the fishes of the Wilkes Exploring Expedition be sent to Fowler since they had never been properly identified. Fowler returned a manuscript of approximately 750 pages in 1920. This manuscript was never published although Fowler did publish a summary of the paper in 1940 in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (volume 82, pages 733-800). Bean and Fowler also published a report on eighteen new species of fish in the Wilkes collection in the Proceedings of the United States National Museum (2488, 22 December 1923).
In 1925, Fowler and Bean began a collaborative work on the fishes collected by the Bureau of Fisheries steamer Albatross in the Philippines from 1907-1910. Six volumes were published from 1928 to 1941 as parts 7-8 and 10-13 of Bulletin 100 of the United States National Museum. The first three were jointly authored by Bean and Fowler and the latter three by Fowler alone. In addition, Fowler submitted six additional manuscripts which were never published.

Notes
Personal Papers

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Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7180, Henry Weed Fowler Papers

Keywords
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Fowler, Henry Weed, 1878-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilkes, Charles, 1798-1877 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bean, Barton A. (Barton Appler), 1860-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stanford University Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Philosophical Society Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Bureau of Fisheries Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albatross (Steamer) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Fishes -- Philippines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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