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Charles Lee Remington Archives

Call Number: ENTAR.000001

Description of the Material

The archives of Charles L. Remington notably include correspondence, Yale lecture materials, Biographical materials, Manuscript materials, etc.


  • 1935-2007


Language of Materials

In English.


34 Linear Feet

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The archives of Charles Lee Remington, accumulated over his lifetime, notably including Yale teaching and research materials.

Biographical Sketch

Charles Lee Remington (b. 1922, d. 2007) spent his early years in Illinois, obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1948, and joined the Yale University faculty immediately thereafter. He was a curator in the Yale Peabody Museum Division of Entomology and served Yale for 44 years as a professor, retiring from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1992.

During his tenure as its first curator, Remington brought the Entomology Division's holdings from modest beginnings into a world-class insect collection. Remington was an active mentor of entomologists and other biologists of all stripes. At Yale he helped oversee the doctoral and masters degree programs, and senior theses, for over 100 students. He was widely known and respected for his oratory skills and lectures, and taught courses in ecology, evolution, genetics, entomology and bioethics. After his retirement he taught courses that focused on population and the environment, endangered species and the biodiversity crisis.

Remington?s research focused broadly on topics in ecology, genetics and evolution, with particular emphasis on hybridization, endemism, population structure, island biology and animal introductions. He worked and published on a wide variety of arthropods and their relatives, with some favorites being Lepidoptera (especially swallowtail and sulphur butterflies), centipedes, cockroaches and cicadas, and authored an important early treatise on animal and plant hybridization.

In 1947, Remington and the late Harry Clench (Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh) founded The Lepidopterists' Society, the principal international organization dedicated to fostering collaborative research and exchange on butterflies and moths. He also helped found the Connecticut Entomological Society, the Xerces Society and Zero Population Growth.

Charles Lee Remington Archives
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Lawrence Frederick Gall
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Finding aid written in English.

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