William J. Baerg Collection

MC 953

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University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Zachary Morgan, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Baerg, J. William 1885-1980
Title
William J. Baerg Collection
Inclusive Dates
1890-1984
Identification
MC 953
Extent
8 linear feet (9 Boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

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).

Acquisition Information

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).

Processing Information

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.

Biographical Note

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).

Separated Material

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.

William J. Baerg Collection of Entomological Literature

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials arranged by format.

  1. Collection of literature on arachnids
  2. Teaching and research papers
  3. Personal papers
  4. Pictures

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

series I: Collection of literature on arachnids,

Box 1

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-[1953]), 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

Newspaper clippings

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,

Boxes 7-9

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

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