Correspondence, research notes, and teaching materials of UCSB zoology professor Demorest Davenport, during the later years
of his tenure and into his retirement. Much of the material focuses on Davenport's 30-year interest in the representation
of animals in primitive and ancient art.
Demorest Davenport was Professor of Zoology at UCSB from 1946-1974. Although he began his career in entomology, studying butterfly
systematics, he turned his interests to marine invertebrate zoology, specializing in behavior and bioluminescence. Davenport
built up the invertebrate courses at UCSB and spearheaded efforts to create a renewable seawater system and pier for the campus
marine studies program. During his career, he developed an amateur passion for archaeology, and he was interested in how animals
were represented in antiquities. This fascination led to the creation of an interdisciplinary course called Animals in Primitive
and Ancient Art which he taught in the College of Creative Studies and through Adult Education for a number of years.
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