Finding Aid to the Anthony Wayne Vogdes Collection LA.1994.0411

Finding aid prepared by Katherine Kolthoff
San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
2016-05-02; revised 2019-05-08
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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


Series I - Correspondence and personal papers

Box 370, Folder 1

Correspondence - Family 1865-1884

Scope and Contents

One file of Adams family correspondence including letters of Ada Adams Vogdes, Dr. Samuel Adams, and Henry Hawkes. The Hawkes letter includes an account of an 1875 Osage Indian wedding. Includes two letters of Lucy Audubon, an Adams acquaintance and the widow of John James Audubon.
  1. Adams, Ada Adelaide (Vogdes, Ada Adelaide Adams 1842-1919)
  2. Adams, Samuel, c. 1839-1967
  3. Audubon, Lucy Green Bakewell, 1788-1874
  4. Hawkes, Henry F.
Box 370, Folder 2-7

Correspondence - Alphabetical 1873-1923

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to A.W. Vogdes, alphabetized by sender. Seven files. Includes letters found loose within his books. Does not include familial correspondence.
Box 370, Folder 2

Vogdes Correspondence: A-D 1877-1922

Scope and Contents

Correspondence alphabetized by sender.

Surnames A - D

  1. Aldrich, T.H. (Truman Heminway), 1848-1932
  2. Ami, Henry M. (Henry Marc), 1858-1931
  3. Ashley, Geo. H. (George Hall), 1866-1951
  4. Aubury, Lewis E.
  5. Audubon, Lucy Green Bakewell, 1788-1874
  6. Bainbridge, E.C.
  7. Barrett, Edward
  8. Bassler, Ray S. (Ray Smith), 1878-1961
  9. Björck & Börjesson (booksellers)
  10. Blake, William P. (William Phipps), 1826-1910
  11. Bownocker, J.A. (John Adams), 1865-1928
  12. Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922
  13. Britnell, Albert
  14. Britnell, John
  15. Broadhead, Garland C. (Garland Carr), 1827-1912
  16. Calvin, S. (Samuel), 1840-1911
  17. Casey, T.L. (Thomas Lincoln), 1831-1896
  18. Chapman, Frederick, 1864-1943
  19. Clark, William Bullock, 1860-1917
  20. Clarke, John Mason, 1857-1925
  21. Clayton, James A. (James Atkins), 1831-1896
  22. Cox, E.T. (Edward Travers), 1821-1907
  23. Cragin, Francis Whittemore, 1858-1937
  24. Dall, William Healey, 1845-1927
  25. Dana, Edward Salisbury, 1849-1935
  26. Dana, James Dwight, 1813-1895
  27. Davis, Arthur Powell, 1861-1933
  28. Delgado, J.F. N. (Joaquim Filippe Nery), 1835-1908
  29. DeWolf, F.W. (Frank Walbridge), 1881-1957
  30. Dunbar, Carl O. (Carl Owen), 1891-1979
Box 370, Folder 3

Vogdes Correspondence: E-H 1873-1921

Scope and Contents

Correspondence alphabetized by sender.

Surnames E - H

  1. Egan, W.C. (William Constantine), 1841-1930
  2. Etheridge, Robert, Junior, 1846-1920
  3. Fairbanks, Harold W. (Harold Wellman), 1860-
  4. Fellmer, E.A.
  5. Finkelnburg, W.A.
  6. Fontaine, William Morris, 1835-1913
  7. Ford, S.W. (Silas Watson), 1848-1895
  8. Friedländer, R. & Sohn (booksellers)
  9. Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen, 1854-1931
  10. Gerhard, William J.
  11. Girty, George Herbert, 1869-1939
  12. Grönwall, Karl Anders Axel, 1869-1944
  13. Gurley, Wm. F.E. (William Frank Eugene Reed), 1854-
  14. Hall, James, 1811-1898
  15. Hall, Newton Marshall, 1865-1926
  16. Hannibal, Harold
  17. Harper, J.R.
  18. Haworth, Erasmus, 1855-1932
  19. Hay, Robert, 1835-1895
  20. Hayden, F.V. (Ferdinand Vandeveer), 1829-1887
  21. Heilprin, Angelo, 1853-1907
  22. Herrick, C.L. (Clarence Luther), 1858-1904
  23. Hicks, L.E. (Lewis Ezra), 1839-1921
  24. Hill, Robert Thomas, 1858-1941
  25. Hitchcock, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1836-1919
  26. Hoeing, J.B. (Joseph Bernard), 1855-1941
  27. Hoffmann, G. Christian (George Christian), 1837-1917
  28. Holmes Co. (bookseller)
  29. How, Henry
  30. Hurlbut, W.B.
Box 370, Folder 4

Vogdes Correspondence: I-L 1875-1916

Scope and Contents

Correspondence alphabetized by sender.

Surnames I - L

  1. Irving, Roland Duer, 1847-1888
  2. Jackson, Robert Tracy, 1861-1948
  3. Jahn, J.J. (envelope only)
  4. Jamison, C.E.
  5. Kemp, James Furman, 1859-1926
  6. Kümmel, Henry Barnard, 1867-1945
  7. Landes, Henry, 1867-1936
  8. Lawson, Andrew C. (Andrew Cowper), 1861-1952
  9. Lesley, J.P. (J. Peter), 1819-1903
  10. Lesquereux, Léo, 1806-1889
  11. Levette, G.M. (Gilbert M.)
  12. Lindahl, Josua, 1844-1912
  13. Lindström, Gustaf, 1829-1901
  14. Lowe, E.N. (Ephraim Noble), 1864-1933
Box 370, Folder 5

Vogdes Correspondence: M-S 1884-1923

Scope and Contents

Correspondence alphabetized by sender.

Surnames M - S

  1. Malcolm, Wyatt, 1860-
  2. Marcou, Jules, 1824-1898
  3. Martin, D.S.
  4. Mathews, Edward Bennett, 1869-1944
  5. Matthew, G.F. (George Frederick), 1837-1923
  6. Mayer, W.
  7. Merivale, Herman, 1806-1874
  8. Merrill, George P. (George Perkins), 1854-1929
  9. Mitchell, John, 1848–1928
  10. Mitchell, N.H.
  11. Moelling, Edith
  12. Moore, Clarence B. (Clarence Bloomfield), 1852-1936
  13. Mulligan, J.H.
  14. Murray, David, 1842-1928
  15. Neuman, John C.
  16. O'Harra, Cleophas C. (Cleophas Cisney), 1866-1935
  17. Orton, Edward, 1829-1899
  18. Packard, A.S. (Alpheus Spring), 1839-1905
  19. Perkins, F.B.
  20. Peter, Robert
  21. Phillips, W.B. (William Battle), 1857-1918
  22. Pohlman, Julius, 1848-
  23. Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902
  24. Rathbun, Richard, 1852-1918
  25. Raymond, Percy E. (Percy Edward), 1879-1952
  26. Reece, J.A.
  27. Resser, Charles Elmer, 1889-1943
  28. Rhoads, Samuel N. (Samuel Nicholson), 1862-1952
  29. Richter, Rudolf, 1881-1957
  30. Ruedemann, Rudolf, 1864-1956
  31. Sahlström, K.E., 1884-1964
  32. Schuchert, Charles, 1858-1942
  33. Sellards, E.H. (Elias Howard), 1875-1961
  34. Simmonds, Frederic W. (Frederic William), 1819-1896
  35. Skinner, John, 1851-1925
  36. Smith, Eugene Allen, 1841-1927
  37. Smith, James Perrin, 1864-1931
  38. Snelling, Payot, Upham & Company (booksellers)
  39. Spencer, J.W. (Joseph William), 1851-1921
  40. Stoddart, F. Wallis (Frederick Wallis), 1859-1916
  41. Straelen, Victor Émile van, 1889-1964
Box 370, Folder 6

Vogdes Correspondence: T-Z 1886-1920

Scope and Contents

Correspondence alphabetized by sender.

Surnames T - Z

  1. Thomas, Ivor, 1877-1918
  2. Tillinghast, Caleb Benjamin, 1843-1909
  3. Törnqvist, Sv. Leonh. (Sven Leonhard), 1840-1920
  4. Todd, J.E. (James Edward), 1846-1922
  5. Udden, Johan August, 1859-1932
  6. Van Deloo, Jacob
  7. Walcott, Charles D. (Charles Doolittle), 1850-1927
  8. Weg, Max (bookseller)
  9. Wheeler, George M. (George Montague), 1842-1905
  10. White, C.A.
  11. Whitfield, R.P. (Robert Parr), 1828-1910
  12. Whitney, J.D. (Josiah Dwight), 1819-1896
  13. Wiman, Carl, 1867-1944
  14. Winchell, Alexander, 1824-1891
  15. Winchell, N.H. (Newton Horace), 1839-1914
  16. Yeates, W.S.
Box 370, Folder 7

Vogdes Correspondence: Senders unidentified 1879-1895

Scope and Contents

Three letters to Vogdes; senders signatures are illegible.
Box 370, Folder 8


Scope and Contents

Photos of Vogdes and family. Includes original marriage certificate of Vogdes and Ada Adams (1867), and news clipping of wedding between Vogdes's brother Charles Bayard Vogdes and Harriet "Hallie" Hawks [sic] (1886). The photographs have been digitized.

A. W. Vogdes photographs (digitized)

  1. AWV-005: Anthony Wayne Vogdes and Ada Adelaide Adams, Bride and Groom, 1867; tintype, 5.25 x 8.5 in.
  2. AWV-006: A. W. Vogdes outside his home, San Diego; 3.5 x 4 in.
  3. AWV-007: A. W. Vogdes, seated outside with books; 4 x 5 in.
  4. AWV-008: General A. W. Vogdes, portrait; cardstock; 3.5 x 4.75 in.
  5. AWV-009: A. W. Vogdes in his attic study, San Diego; 5 x 7 in.
  6. AWV-010: A. W. Vogdes, portrait; tintype; 2.5 x 3.5 in.
  7. AWV-011: A. W. Vogdes, frontispiece portrait; page 7.5 x 12 in.
  8. AWV-012: Ada Adelaide Vogdes; cardstock 4 x 6.5 in.
  9. AWV-013: View of Alcatraz (military post), 4 x 6 in.; verso: photo of Blanche Vogdes as a small child.
  10. AWV-014: Blanche B. Vogdes (A. W.'s niece), as a small child in a baby carriage (later Mrs. Stewart C. Kendall), 4 x 5.5 in.; verso View of Alcatraz (military post).
  11. AWV-015: Ada Adelaide Adams Vogdes; 2.5 x 4.25 in.
  12. AWV-016: General A. W. Vogdes, Mrs. Ada A. Vogdes, and other military families; stereo view, 3.5 x 7 in. (Photographer: W. H. Jackson, U.S. Survey of the Territories)
  13. AWV-017: Portrait of a man; subject not identified.
Box 370, Folder 9-10

News Clippings and ephemera

Scope and Contents

News clippings, pamphlets, and assorted material from Vogdes correspondence and books. Includes newspaper feature "Captain Vodges [sic] Library on Geology," San Francisco Bulletin (11 January 1896).
Box 370, Folder 9

News Clippings 1884-1906

Box 370, Folder 10

Ephemera 1878-1908

Scope and Contents

Various pamphlets from Vogdes files. Includes publication reprints on topics including silkworms and the Chicken Tick; includes one copy of the San Diego Society of Natural History Charter, Constitution and By-laws (1878); includes program of memorial service for Francis Huntington Snow (1908).
Box 371


Scope and Contents

Autographs of naturalists, various fields; clipped from correspondence.

Correspondence signatures

  1. Anthony, A.W.
  2. Anthony, H.E.
  3. Batchelder, C.F.
  4. Benthram, Chas. E. (?)
  5. Blaisdell, F.E.
  6. Brewster, William
  7. Brown, W.W.
  8. Burnett, W.L.
  9. Clay, C.J.
  10. Cooke, Wells W.
  11. Dalgleish, John J.
  12. Dawson, W. Leon
  13. Dickey, D.R.
  14. Evermann, Barton W.
  15. Fisher, A.K.
  16. Grant, Ulysses S. 4th
  17. Grinnell, Fordyce, Jr.
  18. Grinnell, Hilda Wood
  19. Grinnell, J.
  20. Hardy, O.N. (?)
  21. Holland, W.J. (Director, Carnegie Inst)
  22. Howell, A.B.
  23. Kelsey, F.W.
  24. Law, J.E.
  25. Louderback, Geo. W.
  26. Mathew, Chas. K.
  27. Merriam, C. Hart
  28. Morcom, G. Frean
  29. Palmer, T.S.
  30. Parish, S.B.
  31. Pringle, C.G.
  32. Rathbun, R. (National Museum)
  33. Rothschild, N. Charles
  34. Shreve, Forrest
  35. Shufeldt, R.W.
  36. Stejneger, Leonhard
  37. Swarth, Harry S.
  38. Thompson, J.C.
  39. True, F.W.
  40. Warren, E.R. (?)
  41. Widmann, Otto

Series II - Research Materials

Box 370, Folder 11

Doctrina Cristiana de Antonio San Miguel

Scope and Contents

Small booklet, Roman Catholic catechism. Nineteenth century printing of Spanish language translation.
Box 370, Folder 12

Notes and Manuscripts 1858-1904

Scope and Contents

Writings found in Vogdes files, not correspondence. Includes transcriptions, papers, manuscripts, drafts, research material, and bibliographies. Includes manuscript copy of Darwinity (1878) by Herman C. Merivale. Mostly undated.
Box 371

Album (Bookbinding)

Physical Description: Mother of Pearl Album (binding in poor condition). Bookmaking.
Box 371

Notebooks and printed matter

Scope and Contents

Includes geology field notes and manuscripts. Includes reprint of Peach, B. N. "Scottish Paleontology during the last twenty years" (1900); includes two plates, "Paleographic Map of Onondaga Time" and "Paleographic Map of Hamilton Time," from American Geologist XXXII (1903).
Box 372


Box 373-379

Pamphlets (Box 373-379)

Item Unboxed bundle

Research notes

Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet Handwritten notes in a roll. Possibly notes about paleontology. Paper is very brittle.
Box 380


Box 381

Bookbinding material

Folder OS

Bookbinding volume