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    James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, 1927-1973, and 1927-1966.
     
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    Creator: 
    Peters, James Arthur, 1922-
    Title: 
    James A. Peters Papers, and Records of the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, 1927-1973, and 1927-1966.
    Uniform Title: 
    Smithsonian herpetological information services
    Phy. Description: 
    6.1 linear meters.
    Digital Reference: 
    Folder list to collection
    Bio / His Notes: 
    James A. Peters (1922-1972) was born in Iowa and educated at the University of Michigan. He held teaching positions at Brown University, 1952-1958; Universidad Centrale de Ecuador, Fulbright Lecturer, 1958-1959; Southern Illinois University, 1959; and San Fernando Valley State College, 1959-1964. In 1964 Peters joined the Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, United States National Museum, and served as Associate Curator, 1964-1967, and Curator, 1967-1972.
    Peters' professional activities included membership in a number of scientific societies, notably the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). He served the ASIH as Secretary, 1960-1966; Vice-President, 1967; and President, 1970. In 1965, he inaugurated the Smithsonian Herpetological Information Services which distributed material to herpetological labs and individual herpetologists.
    The main subjects of Peters' research were the herpetology and zoogeography of Latin America, especially Ecuador. The computer analysis of biogeographic data greatly enhanced Peters' study of systematics and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. He also employed computer technology in the identification of specimens.
    Organization: 
    (1) Correspondence, 1938-1972; (2) societies, meetings, congresses, and symposia, 1940-1972; (3) manuscripts, 1942-1972; (4) publishers, 1955-1969; (5) publication requests, 1946-1973; (6) research awards, 1950-1970; (7) computers and computer usage file, 1960-1973; (8) non-Smithsonian files, 1937-1966; (9) Smithsonian-related files, 1962-1971; (10) Peters' personal papers, 1935-1969; (11) Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, outgoing shipping invoices, circa 1938-1964; (12) Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, incoming shipping invoices, circa 1938-1966; (13) Division of Reptiles and Amphibians, records, 1927-1966; (14) note cards and slides, circa 1956-1964, unarranged.
    Finding aids: 
    Description in control file.
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    Use of this record unit requires prior arrangement with the Archives staff.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Herpetology
    Subject-Name: 
    Peters, James Arthur, 1922-
    Universidad Centrale de Ecuador
    American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
    National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Division of Reptiles and Amphibians
    University of Michigan
    Brown University
    Southern Illinois University (System)
    San Fernando Valley State College
    United States National Museum.
    Form / Genre: 
    Photographs
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
    Local Number: 
    SIA RU007175
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