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Finding Aid to the Walter W. Dalquest papers MVZA.MSS.0072
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Walter W. Dalquest papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0072
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.9 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1990
    Abstract: The Walter W. Dalquest papers include bound and unbound field notes and correspondence. These materials offer insight into the work done by Dalquest between 1936-1990.
    Creator: Dalquest, Walter Woelber , 1917-2000

    Administrative Information

    Conditions governing access

    The collection is open for research.

    Conditions governing use

    Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.

    Preferred citation

    [Identification of item], Walter W. Dalquest papers, MVZA.MSS.0072, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical note

    Walter W. Dalquest (1917-2000) was educated in the fields of biology, geology, and biochemistry. He received a B.S. in 1940 and an M.S. in 1941 from the University of Washington and a PhD from Louisiana State University in 1951. Having established a personal and professional connection with E. Raymond Hall, Dalquest was convinced by Hall to come to Berkeley, where he stayed from 1941-1945, doing curatorial work, fieldwork, and research for the MVZ. He moved on to the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1945. After receiving his PhD, Dalquest took on a position with the Biology Department of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He began creating a museum collection there, eventually amassing over 22,000 mammal specimens alone. Over his lifetime, Dalquest published 7 books and 173 research articles. Retiring from full-time duties at Midwestern State in 1984, Dalquest remained active in his personal and professional life until his death. In 1996, Dalquest, along with his second wife Rose, donated a significant amount of land to Midwestern State, creating the Dalquest Research Station. The Station seeks to promote research and education about the Chihuahuan Desert for students and scientists from outside universities.
    Sources Consulted:
    Correspondence 1942-1990, Walter W. Dalquest papers, MVZA.MSS.0072, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.
    Horner, Norman. "The Dalquest Research Site." Chihuahuan Desert Discovery 54, 2 (2008): 21-28. Accessed June 30, 2014. http://cdri.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/Dahlquest-Research-Site-2008.pdf 
    Horner, Norman V., and Stangl Jr., Frederick B. "Walter Woelber Dalquest: 1917-2000." Journal of Mammalogy 82, 2 (2001): 604-612. Accessed June 30, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1383740 
    "MSU Dalquest Desert Research Station." Midwestern State University. 2013. Accessed June 30, 2014. http://www.mwsu.edu/academics/education/ddrs/ 

    Scope and contents note

    The Walter W. Dalquest papers include four standard-bound volumes of fieldnotes, including specimen and habitat sketches and numerous photographs. These volumes cover the years 1936-1945 and detail localities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. There is also one folder of unbound fieldnotes dating from 1945 with all locations within the state of California. In addition, there are three folders of correspondence that date from 1938-1990.

    Arrangement note

    The collection has been arranged in the following series: Field notes (bound), Field notes (unbound), and Correspondence. There are no subseries.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Biological specimens--Collection and preservation.
    Biological specimens--Identification
    Biology Fieldwork
    Field notes
    Scientific expeditions--Arizona
    Scientific expeditions--California
    Scientific expeditions--Nevada
    Scientific expeditions--Oregon
    Scientific expeditions--Washington
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology