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James Dwight Dana Archives

Call Number: IZAR.001614

Description of the Material

The archives of J.D. Dana notably include field notes from his time on the U.S. Exploring Expedition.


  • 1830-1895


Language of Materials

In English.


10 Linear Feet (various boxes)

Persistent URL


Archives of James Dana, mostly dealing with invertebrate zoology.

Biographical Sketch

In terms of enduring scientific achievement, James Dwight Dana (b. 1813, d. 1895) is one of Yale's most notable scientific figures. His contributions to geology, mineralogy and zoology are the basis of classification systems still in use today by scientists in these fields. Dana was educated at Yale, where he received scientific training fromBenjamin Silliman, the prominent scientist and founder of The American Journal of Science.

In 1836, Dana was invited to be a scientific participant of the United States Exploring Expedition, due to sail to the South Seas in 1838. Originally invited on the expedition as its geologist, Dana assumed the role of zoologist after the departure of James Couthouy in 1840. Dana produced 2 important monographs based on his study of animals collected by the expedition. These monographs, one on corals and anemones and the other on crustaceans, were extraordinary for their sheer size, scope and detail. Virtually no modern coral or crustacean researcher today can undertake significant systematic research without encountering the legacy left by James Dana.

James Dwight Dana Archives
Edited Full Draft
Daniel Jonathan Drew
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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