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New York Zoological Society. Department of Tropical Research additional records

 Collection
Identifier: 1016
This collection consists of various records related to the work of the New York Zoological Society’s Department of Tropical Research, which conducted ecological expeditions between 1916 and 1964. These records appear to have been transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives after the primary DTR collections were processed, and they supplement those collections (WCS Archives Collections 1005A-1005J). Heavily represented within the collection are correspondence, field notes, published materials, and artifacts. See the scope and content notes for each series for further details.

Dates

  • circa 1916-1964
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1949

Creator

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Extent

5.05 Linear feet (9 Hollinger boxes, 1 half-Hollinger box, 1 carton)

3.7 Cubic Feet (7 flat boxes)

14 Items (2 oversize folders)

Overview

This collection consists of records related to the work of the New York Zoological Society’s Department of Tropical Research, which conducted ecological expeditions between 1916 and 1964. These records appear to have been transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives after the primary DTR collections were processed, and they supplement those collections (WCS Archives Collections 1005A-1005J). The majority of the records were created by DTR Director William Beebe and Assistant Director John Tee-Van. Heavily represented within the collection are correspondence, field notes, published materials, and artifacts; notable among these are records and artifacts related to the DTR’s deep-sea explorations in the Bathysphere during the early 1930s.

Historical Note

Between 1916 and 1964, the New York Zoological Society’s Department of Tropical Research, led by William Beebe (1877-1962), conducted dozens of pioneering ecological expeditions across tropical terrestrial and marine locales. For general information on the DTR’s history, see the Historical Note for WCS Archives Collection 1005A; for further information about individual expeditions, see the Historical Notes for WCS Archives Collections 1005B-1005J.

Arrangement

This collection consists of nine series. Series 1 has twelve subseries; Series 2 has four subseries; Series 3, 4, and 5 each have two subseries; Series 6 has three subseries; Series 7 has no subseries; Series 8 has five subseries; and Series 9 has no subseries. Records are arranged chronologically within each subseries, or in the cases where there are no subseries, within the series.



This collection supplements WCS Archives Collections 1005A-1005J. When possible, the series and subseries in this collection mirror the arrangements found in those collections—with this collection’s series titles corresponding to those collections’ titles and this collection’s subseries titles corresponding to those collections’ series titles. (For example, because “The Nth birthday of William Beebe by William Gregory” from this collection resembles material found in Collection 1005A, “Department of Tropical Research general records,” series “Records by or about William Beebe,” it has been placed in the series “General records,” subseries “Records by or about William Beebe.” Because of this attempt to mirror the previously processed collections’ arrangement, some subseries only have one file. In the cases where records from this collection fall outside the scope of the previously processed collections’ arrangement, new series and/or subseries have been created. See the Scope and Content notes for each series and subseries for more information.



The order of the series and subseries follows the order of the previously processed collections, with new series and subseries following existing ones.

Accession Information

Internal transfer

Related Materials

Collections 1005A-J, WCS Archives. Department of Tropical Research records, circa 1900-1971.



Collection 1006, WCS Archives. Gloria Hollister Anable papers, 1914-2005.



Collection 1008, WCS Archives. William Beebe records, circa 1894-1932.



Collection 1017, WCS Archives. William Beebe collection of memorabilia, circa 1749-1960.



Collection 1039, WCS Archives. Department of Tropical Research expedition illustrations and related visual materials, circa 1910s-1960s.



Collection C0661, Princeton Library. William Beebe papers, 1830-1961.

Title
Guide to the New York Zoological Society Department of Tropical Research Additional Records
Status
Published
Author
Madeleine Thompson
Date
June 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