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Barton Warren Evermann papers

 Collection — Folder: S442
Identifier: S0442

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed letters from Barton Warren Evermann in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California ranging from 1906 to 1932 regarding bird watching, Evermann's activities and family matters.


  • 1906-1932

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Dr. Barton Warren Evermann was born in Monroe County, Iowa on October 24, 1853 to Andrew and Neta Evermann; he was one of seven children. He had a niece Ava, who lived in Indiana and with whom he corresponded extensively. He was graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in 1886, an A.M. in 1888 and a Ph.D. in 1891. He was later given honorary LL.D.s from Indiana University and the University of Utah. He was a student at Butler University, becoming influenced and befriended by David Starr Jordan, so he devoted his life to zoology. The two men worte many important publications in Ichthyology. He taught in public schools in Indiana, including Burlington, and California. He married Meadie in 1875, with whom he had two children. He was a professor of Biology at the Terre Haute Indiana State Normal School from 1886-1891.

He worked in the Bureau of Fisheries in Washington D.C, where he held posts in many divisions from 1891-1914. He was a Lecturer in Zoology in Cornell University, 1900-1903 and Yale University from 1903-06. He was the Vice President of the Board of Education of the District of Columbia from 1906-1910. He was on the faculty of Stanford from 1893-94 and from 1926 until his death. He was the director of the Museum and of the Steinhart Aquarium of the California Academy of Sciences and Executive Curator from 1914 to the time of his death on September 27, 1932 in Alameda, California. He built up the institution, which had been seriously damaged by the earthquake and fire of 1906, to a much stronger organization. He is buried at the Burlington Cemetery in Burlington, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

"Evermann, Barton Warren". 1860 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/07/08.

"Evermann, Barton Warren". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/07/08.

"Evermann, Barton Warren". California, Death Index, 2905-1939. Retrieved 2014/07/08.

"Everman[n], Barton Warren". Finda a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/07/08.

"Evermann, Barton Warren". Stanford University Memorial Resolution. Retrieved 2014/07/08.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ava Evermann on 1948/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/08 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/08 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.