Willis Wagner Wirth Papers,
circa 1939-1984

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7412
Creators:
Wirth, Willis Wagner
Dates:
circa 1939-1984
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.87 linear meters.
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 incoming and outgoing correspondence primarily documenting Wirth's career at the USDA and his research on Diptera. Also included are small amounts of correspondence concerning his work with the United States Public Health Service and his tenure as a Fulbright Research Scholar in Australia, 1956-1957. The correspondence concerns the identification of specimens, the preparation and publication of research papers, and the review of manuscripts and proposals.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Willis W. Wirth (1916-1994), an entomologist, was educated at Iowa State College, B.S., 1940; Louisiana State University, M.S., 1947; and the University of California, Ph.D., 1950. From 1942 to 1947 he served as Senior Assistant Sanitarian with the United States Public Health Service. In 1949, Wirth was appointed Entomologist with the Division of Insect Identification, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and assigned to taxonomic work at the United States National Museum. He remained with the USDA until 1984, when he retired from the Systematic Entomology Laboratory. Wirth's research specialty was the taxonomy of Diptera. He died September 3, 1994, in Gainesville, Florida.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7412, Wirth, Willis Wagner, Willis Wagner Wirth Papers

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Division of Insect Identification (USDA). Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine (USDA) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Systematic Entomology Laboratory (USDA). Division of Insect Identification (USDA) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States Public Health Service Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine (USDA). Division of Insect Identification (USDA) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Division of Insect Identification (USDA). Systematic Entomology Laboratory (USDA) Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Entomology Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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