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New York Zoological Society. Department of Herpetology and Department of Mammalogy. Office of Curator. Raymond L. Ditmars records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1022
This collection includes records related to Raymond L. Ditmars's role as New York Zoological Society Curator of Herpetology and Curator of Mammalogy between 1925 and 1940. The majority of the records concern Ditmars's work in the Department of Herpetology. Included is correspondence with reptile specialists, animal traders, and the interested public, as well as typescripts for publications and radio broadcasts by Ditmars.

Dates

  • 1925 - 1940

Creator

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Extent

1.8 linear feet (4 Hollinger boxes, 1 half-Hollinger box)

Overview

One of the Bronx Zoo's earliest staff members, Raymond L. Ditmars (1876-1942) served as Curator of Reptiles, Curator of Mammals and Reptiles, and Curator of Insects and Reptiles. These records deal primarily with his work in the Department of Herpetology. Included is correspondence with reptile specialists, animal traders, and the interested public. Notable correspondents include Thomas Barbour and Gifford Pinchot.

Biographical Note

One of the Bronx Zoo's earliest staff members, Raymond Ditmars (1876-1942) was hired as Associate Curator of Reptiles in 1899 and promoted to Curator in 1902. In addition to his duties in the Department of Reptiles, Ditmars was the general supervisor of the Department of Mammals from 1901 until his appointment as Curator of Mammals and Reptiles in 1926. In 1940 he assumed the position of Curator of Reptiles and Insects and Honorary Curator of Mammals before retiring in January 1942.

Ditmars was a prolific lecturer and writer, who also produced nature documentaries, and he did much to popularize the field of herpetology. Among his book titles are The Reptile Book (1907), Reptiles of the World (1910), and Strange Animals I Have Known (1931).

Ditmars was also instrumental in bringing about the US manufacture of antivenins, and he worked with others to establish the Anitvenin Institute of America.

Arrangement

These records are arranged in three series:
Series 1
Correspondence, 1925-1929, alphabetical within year
Series 2
Writings, circa 1927-1934
Series 3
Miscellaneous records, circa 1934-1940

Acquisition Information

Internal transfer.

Related Collections

Collection 1001. William T. Hornaday and W. Reid Blair incoming correspondence and subject files, 1895-1939.

Collection 1012. William T. Hornaday and W. Reid Blair incoming correspondence and subject files, 1895-1939.
Title
Guide to the Records of New York Zoological Society Herpetology Department and Mammalogy Department Curator Raymond L. Ditmars, 1925-1940
Status
Published
Description rules
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Revision Statements

  • July 2012: Finding aid revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Madeleine Thompson
  • June 2018: Finding aid entered into ArchivesSpace by Sana Masood.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

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