Smithsonian Institution Archives

J. F. Gates Clarke Oral History Interviews, 1986

2 results in SIA.FARU9555 for "Smithsonian-Bredin Expedition to Yucatan (1960)"
Covers his experiences at the British Museum, transfer from USDA to USNM, administration of the new Department of Entomology, relations with Waldo LaSalle Schmitt, plans for a National Institute of Entomology, and relations with SI administration, c. 1945-1965, including: Tenure at British Museum (Natural History) describing the Edward Meyrick Collection with assistance from John D. Bradley and others; acquisitions from England, especially Adrian Hardy Haworth Collection of English Torticidae Moths, Brighton Museum Collection of Microlepidoptera, and duplicates from Meyrick Collection; quality of NMNH collection of European Lepidoptera, including the Hoffman, B. Hamfelt, and Jackh collections; Eighth International Entomological Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1948; confusion over invitation to 150th anniversary of the Royal Institution; improving USNM-British Museum relations and comparison of library services; 1948 USDA budget crisis; reminiscences of museum staff and administration; appointment as head curator of Division of Insects in 1954 and opposition by Waldo LaSalle Schmitt; Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expedition to the West Indies in 1956; subsequent friendship with Schmitt; creation of separate Department of Entomology in 1963; reflections on staff reorganization and expansion; creation of Arachnologist position filled by Ralph E. Crabill, Jr.; changes in SI administration in the 1960s; problems with secretary, Kathleen T. Perkins, and subsequent falling out with Crabill; and appointment as Senior Scientist, 1965. Appendix A: Proposed Program for the Division of Insects, Smithsonian Institution, 1954-1955.