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Curtis W. Sabrosky Oral History Interviews, 1988

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Discusses his childhood in Sturgis, Michigan; education; early employment at MSC; fieldwork; publications; experiences during the Great Depression; interest in taxonomy; career at USDA; creation and development of the Code, including: Childhood interest in insects; education at KSC and Kalamazoo College; how he was hired by MSC as Instructor in Entomology; reminiscences about professors at Kalamazoo College, Frances Diebold and William H. Prager; the career success of Kalamazoo graduate, Gilbert Otto, subsequent attention paid to Kalamazoo College graduates, and benefit to Sabrosky's career; progression of his career into entomology, in spite of his academic background; experiences working under Reginald Henry Painter (Professor at KSC) and summer fieldwork in Arizona, focusing on flies; fieldwork, while at MSC, on cherry fruit flies in Southwest Michigan; emergence trapping done at his home in Alexandria, Virginia, with gypsy moth in 1980s; attendance of International Congress of Entomology in Berlin in 1938; first visit to NMNH; early practices of Smithsonian, including identification and handling of its entomology collection and catalog; his work on Chloropidae with Painter; reminiscences about Ray Hudson, head of the Department of Economic Entomology at MSC, and first lecture given as instructor; coursework he taught and faculty of MSC Entomology Department; visits to Europe prior to World War II, collections viewed in Europe, and experiences in areas under influence of Adolf Hitler; visits to British Museum of Natural History to use collections and John Smart; collections used and deposit of his own types at Smithsonian; his time in the reserve corps of officers of Public Health Service, stationed in Atlanta, Georgia, and Manning, South Carolina; Carl F. W. Muesebeck at USDA and the process of being hired as Entomologist at the USDA; details of the USDA department, office location, structure, staff members, departmental support, Agricultural library and staffing; effect of budget crisis in USDA department in 1946-1947; working under John L. Keddy, John Graf, and Edward Chapin; changes over the years in materials sent to and processed by department; involvement in Entomological Society of Washington; his residences in Washington, D.C.; Robert Evans Snodgrass and Anatomy of the Honeybee; review process for publications in department by the in-house manuscript committee; developing interest in international nomenclature; development of the Code and roles of Norman Rudolf Stoll, Richard Blackwelder, and William I. Follett in its creation; and changes made to the Code at the Paris Congress of Zoology, 1953.
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