Table of Contents
- Descriptive Summary
- Access Information
- Use Information
- Acquisition Information
- Processing Information
- Preferred Form of Citation
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Separated Material
- Arrangement of the Papers
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Baerg, J. William 1885-1980
- William J. Baerg Collection
- Inclusive Dates
- MC 953
- 8 linear feet (9 Boxes)
- Materials are in English.
- Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
Please call (479) 575-8444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.
Some material in Series 2 is restricted according to the student records policy of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (U. S. Code).
Researchers desiring access to the material should consult with the Director of Special Collections.
Negatives are restricted.
No Interlibrary Loan.
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
Papers pertaining to William J. Baerg (1885-1980), from a variety of sources donated from 1970 through 1990, were consolidated into one collection. It includes material from Accession 953 (from Lloyd Warren, January 1970 and March 1989), Accession 1147 (from Lloyd Warren, January 1987 - September 1990), Accession 783 (from his widow, Eloise Baerg King, June 1987), and photographs from Baerg's office brought to Special Collections by Joe Neal (August 1990).
Processed by Nan Lawler; completed in November 1991.
Preferred Form of Citation
William J. Baerg Collection (MC 953), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
A graduate of Cornell University, Baerg joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in 1918 as acting head of the department of entomology. He returned to Cornell for his PhD (1922) and began to specialize in spiders. In 1930, Baerg married Eloise Farris of Fort Smith, a graduate of the University of Arkansas. They had two children. Through his friend Charles J. Finger, Baerg met many literary figures of his day. He also became interested in birds and taught ornithology. He retired in 1951, but continued research on spiders and insects for many years, receiving a Fulbright Grant to study in Jamaica (1951-1952) and a Guggenheim Fellowship to study in Mexico (1954-1955).
Scope and Content Note
The material has been divided into four series: Collection of literature on arachnids, research and teaching papers (including reprints, typescripts, notes, and correspondence), personal papers, and pictures (mostly photographs of arachnids and birds).
Baerg collected reprints of articles, almost all on spiders and other arachnids, which were previously bound in 37 volumes as the "William J. Baerg Collection of Entomological Literature." A few additional reprints (including many by Baerg himself) have been added to this group. The articles are arranged, within each group, alphabetically by author's name.
Volumes 1-20. "Papers on Spiders," including miscellaneous papers on spiders by Pierre Bonnet (1927-1961), Nathan Banks (1901-1932), Ralph V. Chamberlin (1908-1947, many with Wilton Ivie; see Vol. 6 for original description of new species Aphonopelma baergi Chamberlin, 1940), Arthur M. Chickering (1936-1959), Harriet Exline (1934-1965), Ulrich Gerhardt (1928-1933), W. J. Gertsch (1934-1955), B. J. Kaston (1935-1955), George W. and Elizabeth G. Peckham (1890), and Alexander Petrunkevitch (1925-1946). For each author, papers are arranged by date.
Volumes 21-24. "Papers on Scorpions," including paper by Stanley C. Williams and Neil F. Hadley, 1967, describing new species, Vejovis baergi.
Volume 25. "Papers on Solpugidae" by Martin H. Muma (1951-1967).
Volumes 1-11. "Addendum to Papers on Spiders," including papers by Chamberlin and Ivie (1942-1955), Chickering (1940-1963), Gertsch (1939-1961), Kaston (1936-1964), Herbert W. Levi (1951-1968), and Petrunkevitch (1922-1963). Some papers are duplicates of those in Volumes 1-20. For each author, papers are arranged alphabetically by title.
Volume 1. "Addendum 2." Annuaire des Arachnologistes Mondiaux (Acarologistes Exceptes), 1974, Centre International de Documentation Arachnologique, Paris.
Arrangement of the Papers
Materials arranged by format.
- Collection of literature on arachnids
- Teaching and research papers
- Personal papers
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection
series I: Collection of literature on arachnids,
|series I||Box 1||Folder 1||
Reprints, publications, and typescripts (by authors other than Baerg) on arachnids and insects, 1905-1975
|series I||Box 1||Folder 2||
Reprints and publications (including articles in popular magazines) by Baerg on arachnids, 1925-1938
|series I||Box 1||Folder 3||
Reprints and publications (including articles in popular magazines) by Baerg on arachnids, 1942-1955
series II: Teaching and research papers,
Box 2 - Box 6, Folder 6
Papers include reprints, typescripts of articles, notes (by Baerg and others), notebooks, and correspondence. The notes in Boxes 4-6 are mainly on 5 1/4 x 8" sheets and were arranged alphabetically, sometimes by common name and sometimes by scientific name. They were grouped in three bundles, one labeled "Birds," a second consisting of entomology notes, and the third group mostly of spider and venomous arthropod notes (this group also includes some other topics, such as squirrel surveys). These were left mostly in the original order, with any necessary original dividers (surplus dividers were removed to save space).
|series II||Box 2||Folder 1||
Reprints by Baerg on birds, 1927-1930
|series II||Box 2||Folder 2||
Typescript, "Home Study Course in Entomology 213--Insects, by Dr. William J. Baerg, Professor Emeritus of Entomology"
|series II||Box 2||Folder 3||
Typescripts of articles by Baerg (or co-authored by Baerg) on black widow spider research (abstract), insects and pest control (1928-), Arkansas birds, and travels in Mexico (1926) and Jamaica, 1926, 1928-1953
|series II||Box 2||Folder 4||
Notes and information on Panama from various sources
|series II||Box 2||Folder 5||
Typescript, "The Prip to Panama," "Impressions" in pencil, about work on centipedes and tarantulas in Panama
|series II||Box 2||Folder 6||
Notes for talks on pest control in Arkansas (September 1947) and "The Phalangidae (no date)
|series II||Box 2||Folder 7||
Correspondence, with Baerg or Eloise Baerg, pertaining mostly to spiders, n.d., 1936-1984
|series II||Box 2||Folder 8||
|series II||Box 2||Folder 9||
Small notebook containing notes on collecting, photographs, supplies, and "List of Publications of W J Baerg."; Binder containing typed lecture notes for "Geography for Pre-Flight Students," given during World War II
|series II||Box 3||Item 1||
"Observations on Birds," Volume I and Volume II. (Binders containing typed and handwritten notes of Baerg's observations or reports from others on birds), 1924-1940
|series II||Box 4||Folder 1||
Notes, entomology, A through J
|series II||Box 4||Folder 2||
Notes, entomology, K through S
|series II||Box 4||Folder 3||
Notes, entomology, T through Z
|series II||Box 4||Folder 4||
Notes, "Birds" (bird surveys in various locations in Arkansas)
|series II||Box 4||Folder 5||
Notes, "Birds" (observations of individual species or groups)
|series II||Box 4||Folder 6||
Notes: pages with rings, "Bird Notes 1927/From July 16" (observations and notes, 1925-1941), 1925-1941
|series II||Box 4||Folder 7||
Notes: "Plant cover--summer, 1938" and "Vegetational Dominance and Sequence" (1938), 1938
|series II||Box 5||Folder 1||
Notes, spiders, A throughLinyphia(including Black Widow spider bite experiments)
|series II||Box 5||Folder 2||
Notes, spiders,Loxoscelesthrough S
|series II||Box 5||Folder 3||
Notes, spiders, tarantulas
|series II||Box 5||Folder 4||
Notes, spiders, tarantulas (cont.)
|series II||Box 6||Folder 1||
Notes, spiders, tarantulas (cont.) - W
|series II||Box 6||Folder 2||
Notebook pages containing journal of trip to Panama, 13 August - 29 September 1924
|series II||Box 6||Folder 3||
Notebook pages containing notes and journal of trip to Durango, Mexico, 2 October - 12 November 1926; programs from Rotary Club meetings in Durango, 9 and 30 October 1926 (Baerg spoke at 9 October meeting), 1926
|series II||Box 6||Folder 4||
Notebook pages containing continuation of journal (including stories heard) of trip to Durango and elsewhere in Mexico, 12 November - 20 December 1926
|series II||Box 6||Folder 5||
Notebook pages containing journal of trip to San Diego to study spiders (2 September - 4 October 1935) and trip to Panama (3 December 1936 - 4 January 1937), 1935-1937
|series II||Box 6||Folder 6||
Pages of notes originally fastened into cover entitled "Studies of Brown Widow, Black Widow, Scorpions, Tarantulas in Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, 1951-1952
series III: Personal papers,
Box 6, Folders 7-10
|series III||Box 6||Folder 7||
Page of biographical information, obituary (by William B. Peck), and autobiography (1963) of W. J. Baerg, 1963
|series III||Box 6||Folder 8||
Correspondence, 1941, 1946, 1969-1979
|series III||Box 6||Folder 9||
Typescript, program, clippings, 1923, 1956-1967
|series III||Box 6||Folder 10||
Script, program, magazine, and pocket books mostly pertaining to Baerg's friendship with the Charles J. Finger family, 1921-1924
series IV: Pictures,
Pictures include drawings, photoprints (sometimes hand colored for use in several different ways), and negatives. Numbers refer to images; there may be drawings or prints in Box 7 or in Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 9, negatives in Box 8 or 9 (glass plate negatives) or Negatives Box 2 (safety film), or Items in more than one location. In each location, Items are in numerical order, but there may be gaps in one location because the image is represented only in a different location.
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 1||
Images 1-10. Personal: Baerg, friends, family
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 2||
Images 11-18. Birds. (Images 16-18 are in Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 9)
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 3||
Images 19-51. Tarantulas: portraits, males, females, poison studies, parasites
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 4||
Images 52-108. Tarantulas: holes (burrows), sperm webs and preparation of males for mating, mating, cocoon (egg sac) construction, young
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 5||
Images 109-140. Black widows: egg sac, poison glands, web, different species. (Images 115, 116, 119-121, 125, 130, and 133 are in Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 9)
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 6||
Images 141-164. Other spiders, scorpions
|series IV||Box 7||Folder 7||
Images 165-190. Insects ("maple leaf scale pictures," including photographs and printed halftones) and trip to Panama, December 1936 - January 1937
|series IV||Box 8||
Glass plate negatives, images 31-128
|series IV||Box 9||
Glass plate negatives, images 129-164
END OF COLLECTION