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Subject Files, 1866 - 1939

This series includes material related to Townsend’s management of the Aquarium as well as his plans for improving the exhibits and Aquarium as a whole. The Subject Files also include material related to species and areas of conservation that he worked on, namely fur seals and Galapagos tortoises. Material in Sub-series 2D: Fur Seal Controversy relates to the aftermath of Townsend’s role as an arbitrator for the U.S. at The Hague.


  • 1866 - 1939

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From the Fonds: 6.8 linear feet (17 Hollinger boxes)

From the Fonds: 3.5 cubic feet (7 flat boxes)


This series is arranged into ten subseries. Material within each subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Sub-series 2A: Aquarium, 1902-1931 Sub-series 2B: Aquarium Renovation, 1910-1919 Sub-series 2C: Seals, 1866-1930 Sub-series 2D: Fur Seal Controversy, 1910-1915 Sub-series 2E: Galapagos Controversy, 1930-1939 Sub-series 2F: Galapagos Tortoises, 1924-1931 Sub-series 2G: Long Island Sound, 1914 Sub-series 2H: Oysters, 1890-1899 Sub-series 2I: Sharks, 1914-1933 Sub-series 2J: Whaling Records Survey, 1924-1935


Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

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