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Museum of Vertebrate Zoology historical correspondence MVZA.MSS.0117
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology historical correspondence
    Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0117
    Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 54.0 Cubic feet
    Date (bulk): 1908-1930
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1949
    Abstract: The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology historical correspondence is comprised of correspondence created and received by museum personnel primarily between 1908 and 1930.
    creator: Alexander, Annie Montague, 1867-1950
    Creator: Beck, Rollo Howard, 1870-1950
    creator: Grinnell, Hilda W. (Hilda Wood), 1883-1963
    creator: Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939
    creator: Stephens, Frank, 1849-1936

    Administration Information

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Museum of Vertebrate Zoology historical correspondence, MVZA.MSS.0117, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

    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.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Letters between Annie M. Alexander and Joseph Grinnell regarding establishment of the Museum is housed at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Historical note

    The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's historical correspondence files was a filing system designed at the inception of the museum. It is believed that Joseph Grinnell may have designed the system himself. The files are arranged alphabetically by surname and then chronologically. All correspondence relating to curatorial activities, building operations, and general administrative functions were preserved and filed in this collection. The collection dates from the museum's founding in 1908 and ends with 1930. The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology was moved to a new building in 1930 and a new correspondence collection was begun at that time.
    A card catalog of taxonomic and common names referenced in the correspondence collection is available.

    Scope and Contents note

    The historical correspondence consists of correspondence created and received by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's personnel primarily from 1908 to 1930. The collection is 54 linear feet (ca. 2000 file folders). A list of holdings is available as an attachment to this guide.

    Arrangement note

    Files are arranged by surname and then chronologically by date.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939--Correspondence.
    University of California (1868-1952). Museum of Vertebrate Zoology