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New York Zoological Society. Scientific Assistant to the General Director. Joseph A. Davis records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1065
The collection holds the administrative records of Joseph Anthony Davis, Jr. while he held the position of Scientific Assistant to the General Director. Davis started at the Bronx Zoo in the Mammalogy Department as an Assistant Curator in 1958 and eventually became Curator in 1962. In 1966 Davis moved to a position created for him in the General Director’s Office, Scientific Assistant to the Director (William Conway).

Dates

  • 1968 - 1974

Creator

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Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger Boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Anthony Davis, Jr. started at the Bronx Zoo as an Assistant Curator of Mammalogy in 1958 and rose to the position of Curator of Mammalogy in 1962. In 1966, the position of Scientific Assistant to the Director was created for him, and he served in the position under William Conway until 1976. Davis experimented with the concept of nocturnal exhibits, and the research eventually contributed to the World of Darkness exhibit. He was an expert on otters and served as Honorary Consultant to the Survival Commission of the IUCN in the Otter Specialist Group. Additionally, Davis was an author and illustrator and wrote numerous scientific papers and popular articles and books.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:
Series 1:
Correspondence, 1974-1978
Series 2:
Subject Files, 1964-1979

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Internal transfers (Acc. 1979.010).

Related Materials

Collection 1028. Wildlife Conservation Society. Office of General Director. William G. Conway records.

Collection 2001. Wildlife Conservation Society. Department of Mammalogy. General records.

Collection 2047. Wildlife Conservation Society. General Curator. Department of Mammalogy. Curator and Chairman. James Doherty records.

Collection 2051. New York Zoological Society. Department of Mammalogy. Office of Curator. H. B. House records.

Collection 2069. New York Zoological Society. Departments of Birds and Mammals. Office of Assistant Curator. Grace Davall records.

Separated Materials

The Whale Fund Manual was transferred 2016/Publications-Printed Ephemera collection.
Title
Guide to the New York Zoological Society. Scientific Assistant to the General Director. Joseph A. Davis records, 1968-1974.
Status
Published
Author
Sana Masood
Date
July 2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Collection processing and finding aid creation for this collection was made possible through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Access to Historical Records grant program.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

Contact:
WCS Library/Archives
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx New York 10460 United States