F. W. True - Correspondence and notes, A - M
About the Project
Good research is often a group effort. Keeping track of your notes and your correspondence, what they are about and who you discussed them with is critical. Frederick William True, head curator of biology at the United States National Museum from 1897 to 1911, kept a file of correspondence, notes, drawings, expense documents, news clippings, and more arranged alphabetically by either correspondent or scientific name of specimen. There appears to be no specific rule which determines where a particular item is filed, and correspondence with individuals is often filed by scientific name. This collection division includes material on the collection and description of specimens, professional correspondence on fossil whales, and information on collecting localities with numerous references to Cretacean and whale fossils.
Join us and other digital volunteers in transcribing this material for a deeper understanding of the context of True's research and collection stewardship.