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Finding Aid to the E. Raymond Hall papers MVZA.MSS.0121
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/historical note
  • Scope and contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: E. Raymond Hall papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0121
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1976
    Abstract: The E. Raymond Hall papers include field notes spanning the years 1927-1943, as well as wildlife control materials including correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, reprints of articles, and similar materials dating from 1924-1941. Additionally, there is a small collection of photographs with the date range 1925-1976.
    Creator: Alcantar, B. R.
    Creator: Hall, E. Raymond (Eugene Raymond), 1902-1986
    Creator: Hall, Hubert H.
    Creator: Hall, William J.

    Administrative Information

    Conditions governing access

    The collection is open for research, with the exception of one restricted folder of wildlife control materials.

    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], E. Raymond Hall papers, MVZA.MSS.0121, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical/historical note

    Over his lifetime, E. Raymond Hall (1902-1986) completed significant research primarily in the field of mammalogy. Growing up in Kansas and receiving his B.A. from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Hall took a teaching assistantship position at UC Berkeley in 1924. He completed his M.A. and a PhD while at Berkeley, studying under Grinnell. Additionally, he served as the MVZ’s curator of mammals from 1927-1944 as well as the Museum’s acting director from 1938-1944. Returning to Kansas in 1944, Hall directed the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas from 1944 until his retirement in 1967. In addition to mammalogy, Hall also had significant interest in the preservation and management of habitats and species. Overall, Hall published more than 340 articles and six books. His most significant monograph, Mammals of North America, first appeared in 1959 and is considered one of the most outstanding faunal works to date.
    Sources Consulted:
    "E. Raymond Hall." University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute. 2011. Accessed November 4, 2013. http://vertebratepaleontology.biodiversity.ku.edu/e-raymond-hall 
    Findley, James S. and Jones, J. Knox, Jr. "Eugene Raymond Hall: 1902-1986." Journal of Mammalogy, 70, 2 (1989): 455-458. Accessed November 4, 2013. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1381544 

    Scope and contents note

    The E. Raymond Hall papers are composed of seven standard-bound volumes of fieldnotes, including specimen, map, habitat, and locality sketches, as well as transcriptions of scientific notes. The volumes cover the years 1927-1943, with localities in Arizona, California, Kansas, Nevada, Utah, and Mexico. One of the volumes includes fieldnotes and specimen catalogs authored by his sons Hubert H. Hall and William J. Hall, as well as B.R. Alcantar. Besides fieldnotes, the papers also include twelve folders of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, reprints of articles, and similar materials. These items span the years 1924-1941 and deal primarily with the topics of wildlife control and conservation. In addition, there are also four photographs of Hall, his family, and Jean Linsdale.

    Arrangement note

    The collection has been arranged in the following series: Field notes and Wildlife control materials. 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--Kansas
    Scientific expeditions--Mexico
    Scientific expeditions--Nevada
    Scientific expeditions--Utah
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology