Columbia University Archives

Department of Zoology records, 1900-1942

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0257
Bib ID 6938577 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Department of Zoology
Title Department of Zoology records, 1900-1942
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 record carton)
Language(s) English .

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This collection is arranged in one series: Series I: Department of Zoology records.



This collections consists of the Department of Zoology staff meeting minutes (1925-1937) and the correspondence of Professor James H. McGregor (1900-1942).

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Department of Zoology records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.


No additions are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Department of Zoology to the Columbiana Collection, 1942.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Joanna Rios, April 2021.

Revision Description

2021-04-30 Finding aid published. (JR)

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Zoology was first taught at Columbia in October 1892 as part of the Department of Biology. In 1896 the name was changed to the Department of Zoology. Departmental faculty has included Thomas Hunt Morgan, Edmund Beecher Wilson, and Theodosius Dobzhansky. In 1966 Zoology and Botany merged into the Department of Biological Sciences.

James Howard McGregor joined the Department of Zoology as a Fellow in 1897. He earned an AM in 1896 and PhD in 1899. Columbia College's "Mr. Chips" was a member of the department for over 60 years. (Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Associate Professor 1914-1924, Professor 1924-1942; Professor Emeritus 1942-1954).

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Series I: Department of Zoology records, 1900-1942

James H. McGregor


Box 1 Folder 1 Barlow, F.O., 1924-1934

(Includes agreement between F.O. Barlow and J.H. McGregor regarding distribution of his restorations of primitive man)

Box 1 Folder 2 Barth, L.G., 1937

Box 1 Folder 3 Bigelow, M.A., 1932

Box 1 Folder 4 Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1936

(Includes departmental budget recommendations)

Box 1 Folder 5 Calkins, Gary N., 1934

Box 1 Folder 6 Clarke, H. T., 1934

Box 1 Folder 7 Crampton, Henry E., 1937

Box 1 Folder 8 Dunn, Leslie C., 1935

Box 1 Folder 9 Fackenthal, Frank D., 1932-1935

Box 1 Folder 10 Foster, Holland, undated


Box 1 Folder 11 Gildersleeve, Virginia, 1936

(Re: Dr. Grace Forbes)

Box 1 Folder 12 Gregory, William King, 1935-1936

(From Scientific Monthly, November 1935-December 1936, "In Quest of Gorillas.")

Box 1 Folder 13 Hawkes, Herbert, undated


Box 1 Folder 14 Hayden, Philip, 1934

Box 1 Folder 15 Hecht, Selig, 1932

Box 1 Folder 16 Schrader, Franz, 1935

Box 1 Folder 17 Thomas, Arthur W., 1936

(Memorial on the death of Henry Fairfield Osborn)

Box 1 Folder 18 Ward, F.H., 1942

Box 1 Folder 19 Wilson, Edmund B., 1936


Box 1 Folder 20 Expedition to the Nile photographs, circa 1900

(35 photographs, many with identifying information on back)

Box 1 Folder 21 Expedition to the Congo photographs, 1920s

(45 photographs)

Box 1 Folder 22 Transcript of talk given on Alumni Day on his return from Africa, 1930 February 12

Box 1 Folder 23 Vertebrate Zoology, Chapter 1, undated

(Typescripts, pages 1-21, unpublished work)

Department records

Box 1 Folder 24 Curricula, 1932-1936

Box 1 Folder 25 Faculty budget provisions, 1931-1937

Box 1 Folder 26 Faculty of Pure Science Committee on Instruction minutes, 1935

Box 1 Folder 27 Financial records, 1931-1937

Box 1 Folder 28 Graduate student information, 1921-1935

Box 1 Folder 29 Laboratory space requests, undated

Box 1 Folder 30 Memoranda, 1931-1935

Minutes of the Staff Meetings

Box 1 Folder 31 1925 January-1929 April

(Includes index)

Box 1 Folder 32 1929 May-1937 May

Box 1 Folder 33 Spencer Lens Company, 1928-1931

(Re: apparatus for Robert H. Bowen)

Box 1 Folder 34 Staff, 1935-1937

Box 1 Folder 35 Woods Hole, 1933-1934

(Applications; Marine Biological Laboratory)