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Sidney Irving Smith Archives

Call Number: IZAR.000990

Description of the Material

These archives are compossed of Sidney I. Smith's correspondence, record books, manuscript and biographical materials.


  • 1864-1906


Language of Materials

In English.


3 Linear Feet

Persistent URL


Archives related to Sidney Smith and his work at Yale University and the Peabody Museum.

Biographical Sketch

Sidney Irving Smith (b. 1843, d. 1926) was an important contributor to late 19th century zoological study. As a young man growing up in Norway, Maine, he became an expert on the local fauna and won local praise for his skill as a collector, particularly of insects. Eventually he enrolled at Yale University, where he received formative training under his brother-in-law's tutelage. Following his education, Smith served as assistant in the Sheffield Scientific School and was appointed Professor of Comparative Anatomy at Yale in 1875, a position he maintained until his retirement in 1906.

Relatively early in his career, Smith abandoned his initial focus on insects (he served as State Entomologist in 1872 and 1873) to concentrate on various aspects of the taxonomy and biology of crustaceans, undoubtedly undoubtedly because of his formal association with the U.S. Fish Commission and its coastal survey program. During a career ultimately hindered by health problems, Sidney Smith produced more than 70 papers, many of which have contributed to our basic understanding of the western Atlantic crustacean fauna.

Sidney Irving Smith Archives
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Daniel Jonathan Drew
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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