Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891

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Actor, entomologist.

From the description of Henry Edwards collection of entomological correspondence, 1854-1891, 1862-1891 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155485143

Henry Edwards was an actor and amateur entomologist who amassed a collection of over 250,000 specimens of Lepidoptera, one of the finest in the United States. His total collection, including other insects, numbered close to 300,000 specimens, and was acquired by the American Museum of Natural History after his death.

Edwards was born in England and pursued a career in the theater, becoming a tragedian and traveling on four continents. Edwards collected as he traveled: first beetles (Coleoptera), then Lepidoptera for his own collection; also insects, plants and shells for other collectors. He served briefly as vice president of the California Academy of Sciences and was an editor of Papilio, the journal of the New York Entomological Club, from 1881 through 1883. Edwards was interested in taxonomy in addition to collecting. He corresponded widely with other entomologists, exchanging specimens and consulting on classification. Most of his published works on entomology concerned the Lepidoptera of North America.

William Henry Edwards was a businessman and amateur entomologist, also studying the Lepidoptera of North America.

W.H. Edwards was born in Hunter, N.Y. He became president of the Ohio and Kanawha Coal Co. and devoted his spare time to Lepidoptera. He collected and cataloged specimens, consulting extensively with Henry Edwards, and produced several works on North American butterflies. His collection of Lepidoptera was purchased by the Carnegie Museum.

From the description of Papers, 1854-1897 (bulk 1862-1891). (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 55953856

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creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, 1888. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891. Original catalogue of Edwards collection of Lepidoptera. American Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891. Henry Edwards letter to George Davidson : New York, 1883 May 26. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891,. Autograph letter signed from Henry Edwards, San Francisco, to William Winter [manuscript], 1896 May 30. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. Catalogue of Lepidoptera, n.d. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891. Papers, 1854-1897 (bulk 1862-1891). American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn American Museum of Natural History. Miscellaneous correspondence collection, 1796-1926, 1871-1926 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Beutenmüller, William, 1864-1934. Letter book, 1888 June 11(?)-1894 Nov. 26. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908. Daniel Coit Gilman correspondence, 1871-1875. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Palmer, Albert Marshman, 1838-1905,. Letters to Albert Marshman Palmer from various people, New York [manuscript], 1890 September 20. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn John L. (John Lawrence) LeConte papers, 1812-1897, 1812-1897 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Fawcett, Owen, 1838-1904,. Autograph letters signed to Owen Fawcett from various correspondents [manuscript], 1859-1904. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891. Original catalogue of Edwards Collection of Lepidoptera, 1868-1879. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Edwards, Henry, 1830-1891. Henry Edwards collection of entomological correspondence, 1854-1891, 1862-1891 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Entomology. Edwards Collection of Lepidoptera. corporateBody
associatedWith Behrens, James. person
associatedWith Belfrage, Gustav Wilhelm, 1834-1882. person
associatedWith Beutenmüller, William, 1864-1934. person
associatedWith Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bruce, David T., 1833-1903. person
associatedWith Cassino, Samuel Edson, 1856-1937. person
associatedWith Cockerell, Theodore D. A. (Theodore Dru Alison), 1866-1948. person
associatedWith Cresson, Ezra Townsend, b. 1838. person
associatedWith Crotch, George Robert, 1841-1874. person
associatedWith Davidson, George, 1825-1911, person
associatedWith Edwards, William Henry, 1822-1909. person
associatedWith Elwes, Henry John, 1846-1922. person
correspondedWith Fawcett, Owen, 1838-1904, person
associatedWith Fletcher, James, 1852-1908. person
associatedWith French, G. H. (George Hazen), 1841-1935. person
associatedWith Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908. person
associatedWith Graef, Edward Lewis. person
associatedWith Grote, Augustus Radcliffe, 1841-1903. person
associatedWith Hagen, Hermann August, 1817-1893. person
associatedWith Henshaw, Samuel, 1852-1941. person
associatedWith Holland, W. J. (William Jacob), 1848-1932. person
associatedWith Horn, George H. (George Henry), 1840-1897. person
associatedWith Hulst, George Duryee, 1846-1900. person
associatedWith Kirby, W. F. (William Forsell), 1844-1912. person
associatedWith LeConte, John L., (John Lawrence), 1825-1883 person
associatedWith Lintner, J. A. (Joseph Albert), 1822-1898. person
associatedWith Litner, Joseph A. person
associatedWith Lyman, H. H. (Henry Herbert) person
associatedWith McGlashan, C. F. (Charles Fayette), 1847-1931. person
associatedWith Mead, Theodore L. (Theodore Luqueer), 1852-1936. person
associatedWith Möschler, Heinrich B. (Heinrich Benno), 1831-1888. person
associatedWith Murray-Aaron, Eugene, 1852-1941. person
associatedWith Osten-Sacken, C. R. (Carl Robert), 1828-1906. person
associatedWith Owen, Edward Thomas, 1850-1932. person
associatedWith Packard, A. S. (Alpheus Spring), 1839-1905. person
correspondedWith Palmer, Albert Marshman, 1838-1905, person
associatedWith Riley, Charles Valentine, 1843-1895. person
associatedWith Scudder, Samuel Hubbard, 1837-1911. person
associatedWith Skinner, Henry, 1861-1926. person
associatedWith Smith, John Bernhard, 1858-1912. person
associatedWith Strecker, Herman, 1836-1901. person
associatedWith Stretch, Richard Harper. person
associatedWith Thaxter, Roland, 1858-1932. person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
associatedWith Worthington, C. E. person
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North America
England
Canada
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
Australia
Subject
Butterflies
Entomology--Research
Entomology
Lepidoptera--Collection and preservation
Insects--Collection and preservation
Entomologists--Correspondence
Lepidoptera--Catalogs and collections
Lepidoptera--Geographical distribution
Entomology--Classification
Naturalists--Biography
Moths
Lepidoptera--Research
Lepidoptera--Identification
Beetles
Butterflies--Type specimens
Lepidoptera--Classification--History--Sources
Lepidoptera--Habitat
Paleontologists--Biography
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Entomologists
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Birth 1830-08-27

Death 1891-06-09

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