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Addison Emery Verrill Archives

Call Number: IZAR.000940

Description of the Material

These papers include correspondence, manuscript related material, field notes, and biographical material.


  • 1864-1926


Language of Materials

In English.


10 Linear Feet

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The archives of Addison Emery Verrill, accumulated over his lifetime, notably including Yale teaching and research materials.

Biographical Sketch

Addison Emery Verrill (b. 1839, d. 1926) was born in Greenwood, Maine. Early accounts chronicle his ability as a naturalist while he was growing up in Norway, Maine, where his family moved in the early 1850s. Following his training under Louis Agassiz at Harvard University, Verrill, only 25 years old, accepted a position as Yale University's first Professor of Zoology. Thus began a career spanning more than 40 years teaching at Yale and serving as a curator at the Yale Peabody Museum. His lifelong devotion to taxonomic research resulted in the initial development of extensive collections at Yale in a wide variety of taxa.

Remarkably, Verrill published more than 350 papers and monographs in his long career, and is credited with having described more than 1,000 species of animals in virtually every major taxon. A quick review of literally every major field guide to the invertebrates of the Atlantic coast, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the tropical eastern Pacific coast will reveal a wealth of Verrill's species, which remain valid even after years of taxonomic revisions by subsequent researchers. A search of early Verrill publications documents his breadth of interests, which included parasitology, mineralogy and botany.

By any account, Verrill was considered an indefatigable worker; various biographies of him portray his incredible devotion to work, fueled by an almost inexhaustible stamina. He continued to publish large monographs well after his retirement in 1907 until his death in Santa Barbara, California, in 1926.

Addison Emery Verrill Archives
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Daniel Jonathan Drew
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Finding aid written in English.

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