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Vogdes (Anthony Wayne) Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
    Title: Anthony Wayne Vogdes Collection
    Creator: Vogdes, Anthony Wayne, 1843-1923
    Identifier/Call Number: LA.1994.0411
    Physical Description: 11.5 Linear Feet The collection consists of 11.5 boxes of printed material and realia (rolls, prints, and an album) relating to Vogdes' collections and interests in geology, paleontology, and bookbinding.
    Date (inclusive): 1865-1923
    Language of Material: English

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anthony Wayne Vogdes Collection (Archives collection LA 1994.0411). Research Library, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Related Materials

    Vogdes Family Papers, 1832-1923. U.S. Military Academy Library at West Point, Highlands, NY 10996.
    Letter : Fort Hamilton, New York Harbor, to James Hall, Albany, N.Y., 1889 Apr. 14. (Anthony Wayne Vogdes). Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637.

    Scope and Contents

    The Anthony Wayne Vogdes Collection consists of printed material and realia related to Vogdes's research in geology and paleontology and his tenure as a research associate with and president of the San Diego Society of Natural History (1904-1920). It contains correspondence, notes, survey documents, papers, and notebooks. In addition, the collection contains a roll of handwritten notes, an album, prints, and portraits.

    Biographical / Historical

    General Anthony Wayne Vogdes (1843-1923) was a U.S. army officer and self-taught geologist and paleontologist. A descendant of Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, Vogdes was born on April 23, 1843 at West Point, New York. His father, General Israel Vogdes, was a professor of mathematics at the Military Academy; his mother, Georgiana Welch Berard, was the daughter of the Academy's professor of French. Vogdes served in the American Civil War, receiving his commission as Second Lieutenant in the 100th New York Infantry. He participated in the seige of Fort Sumter in 1861, served with the First U.S. Artillery, and was present at the Confederate surrender at Appomattox in 1865. At the end of the war, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of the 4th U.S. Infantry. He married Ada Adelaide Adams in December 1867 in New York and continued his service, first at Fort Laramie and Fort Fetterman, Wyoming and later in Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War (1898). Vogdes retired from the U.S. Army as a brigadier general in 1904. He served as president of the San Diego Society of Natural History from 1904 to 1923; with Frank Stephens, he established the Society's scientific publications series, the Transactions. He was a fellow of the American Geological Society and a member of the New York, Phildadelphia, Chicago, and California Academies of Science. Vogdes died on February 8, 1923 in San Diego. The Vogdes trilobite collection is a small collection of fossils, but diverse in terms of global coverage. His 40,000-volume scientific library is divided between the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library and the Huntington Library.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the Research Library Director, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright may be reserved. Consult the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Director for more information.

    Processing Information

    This is an in-process collection in the archives of the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library; not all of the contents of this collection have been fully arranged and described.
    Box lists prepared by Anne Bullard (April 1994); photographs and miscellaneous inventory prepared by Bridgette Byrd (December 1998). Correspondence inventory prepared by Katherine Kolthoff (May 2019).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Trilobites -- Collectors and collecting -- United States
    Natural history museum directors
    Vogdes, Ada Adams, (Ada Adelaide), 1842-1919