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COLLECTION Identifier: MCZ-ARC-313

Philip Jackson Darlington, Jr. Papers

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers related to Philip Jackson Darlington, Jr.'s work at the United Fruit Company in Columbia between 1928 and 1929, including other related documents that were authored by other entomologists or scientists in ca. 1926-1931.

Other papers in this collection document Darlington's research- and/or military-related trips, with a date range between the 1930s and the 1970s, to the Carribean Islands, Australia (such as the Harvard Australian Expedition, 1931-1932), Philippines, Papua New Guinea, New Britain, and Chile, including New Hampshire and the Western United States. It also includes copies of his doctoral dissertation, "The Cicindelid and Carabid Beetles of New Hampshire, with special reference to their geographical relationships of the mountain fauna (1931)," research notes from his visits to various museums in London and Paris, and lists of type specimens and bibliographies.

This collection also contains visual material, such as negative films, color slides, glass plate negatives, and photographic prints. Items in this section are mostly described and labeled by Darlington.


  • ca. 1920s-1970s



13 boxes

Biographical / Historical

For more information about Philip Jackson Darlington, Jr., please see the following online resources:



Papers of Philip Jackson Darlington [accessions], 1930-1940 -- Available at the Harvard University Archives

Accession 17030 : two manuscript letters signed, from Philip Jackson Darlington to Katherine Driggs, written during the 1930s. One, dated February 24, was written from Australia; the other letter, dated August 10, was written on shipboard in the Fiji Islands.

Papers of Philip Jackson Darlington, Jr., ca. 1924-1983 -- Available at the Harvard University Archives

Contains correspondence, memoranda, financial statements, manuscript, reviews, and other papers. Much of the material relates to Darlington's duties as Curator of Insects and Fall Curator of Coleoptera in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Various entomological, biogeographical and biological problems are discussed, including genetics, evolutionary theory and zoogeography. Professor Darlington's specialization in Carabidae is well represented; he was particularly interested in the Carabidae of New Guinea, Australia,Chile, the West Indies and North America. Also included is material relating to various collecting trips overseas. Darlington corresponded with such scientists as Carl Lindroth, J. M. Valentine, Fritz van Enden, Alfred E. Emerson, Terry L. Erwin, Kenneth Cooper, and E. O. Wilson. Includes reviews of Darlington's books, reports of his collecting trips, Museum of Comparative Zoology affairs, and other topics and concerns.

Processing Information

Assessed and processed by Rona Razon, 2019 March-August.

Philip Jackson Darlington, Jr. Papers, ca. 1920s-1970s
Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Started in March 2019; Completed in September 2019; Published in September 2019
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Part of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Repository

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