Ernst Mayr Papers

Mss.B.M451

Date: 1973-1979 | Size: 3.25 Linear feet

Abstract

This collection includes documents (correspondence, drafts of talks, personal data sheets, and transcripts) relating to the Conference on Evolutionary Synthesis, which met in Boston in May and October 1974, and was sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. There is background material on the organization of the conference, as well as correspondence, especially with William B. Provine, on the editing and publication of the proceedings (Mayr and Provine, eds., "The Evolutionary Synthesis..." 1980).

Background note

Ernst Mayr is a zoologist.

Scope and content

Series I contains material donated in 1979 and 1982 by Ernst Mayr. It contains correspondence with participants, prospective participants and organizers of the Conference on Evolutionary Synthesis. The letters pertain to the organization of the conference and the editing of the proceedings for publication. Also included are the responses to a questionnaire sent to most of the invited partipants prior to the conference. The material on the Princeton Conference on Genetics, Paleontology & Evolution held in 1947 conssits of a few participants' recollections solicited by Ernst Mayr in preparation for the Conference on Evolutionary Synthesis..



Series II (formerly Mss.B.M451t and mistyped as Mss.B.M451e) primarily contains typed transcripts taken from audio tape recorded during the Evolutionary Synthesis Conference of 1974. Also included are manuscripts prepared by the participants for presentation at the conference, others written following the conference for publication in The Evolutionary Synthesis (Ernst Mayr and William B. Provine, eds., Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1980), and Ernst Mayr's notes on editing the transcripts for publication. There are multiple copies of several of the transcipts in various stages of editing. Participants edited their own statements on the transcripts, while Ernst Mayr and William Provine crafted the whole into The Evolutionary Synthesis. The description "edited transcript" on the folder titles indicates that the original wording of the transcript is no longer discernible. Either the editor has obscured the original text with opaque correction fluid, marker, etc., or the transcript has been retyped. The order of the transcripts follows that of The Evolutionary Synthesis. In a few instances, excerpts of transcripts may be found in more than one location. For instance, Ernst Mayr's "How I became a Darwinian" appears in the complete transcript of the session on Germany as well as in the Biographical Essays section.

Collection Information

Physical description

3.25 linear feet

Provenance

Series I presented by Ernst Mayr, 1979, 1982; accessioned, 11/26/1979 (1979 2110ms). Series II presented by Ernst Mayr in 1989 (1989 3085ms).

Separated material

A small amount of material on the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) initially in Series I was later interfiled with the Society for the Study of Evolution Records (Mss.Ms.Coll.81). There was also some transfer of materials between Series I and Series II, described in full in their respective paper finding aids. Audio tapes of the conference at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have not been donated to the APS.

Genetics Note

AuthorFormatDate
Darlington, Cyril DeanCorrespondence (2 folders)1965-1975
Dobzhansky, TheodosiusCorrespondence (2 folders)1970-1975
Huxley, JulianCorrespondence (1 folder)1974-1975
Lerner, Isadore MichaelCorrespondence (1 folder)1973-1976
Princeton Conference on Genetics, 1947Records (1 folder)1976
Simpson, George GaylordCorrespondence (3 folders)1973-1977
Stern, CurtCorrespondence (1 folder)1974-1975

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Society for the Study of Evolution

Genre(s)

  • Drafts (preliminary versions).

Personal Name(s)

  • Boesiger, Ernest
  • Cleland, Ralph E. (Ralph Erskine), 1892-1971
  • Darlington, C. D. (Cyril Dean), 1903-1981
  • Dobzhansky, Theodosius Grigorievich, 1900-1975
  • Ford, E. B. (Edmund Briscoe),
  • Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975
  • Lerner, I. Michael (Isadore Michael), 1910-1977
  • Lewontin, Richard C., 1929-
  • Mayr, Ernst, 1904-2005
  • Metz, Charles William, 1889-1975
  • Muller, H. J. (Hermann Joseph), 1890-1967
  • Provine, William B.
  • Rensch, Bernhard
  • Sinnott, Edmund W. (Edmund Ware), 1888-1958
  • Stebbins, G. Ledyard (George Ledyard), 1906-2000
  • Timofeev-Resovskiĭ, N. V. (Nikolaĭ Vladimirovich), 1900-1981
  • Weinstien, Alexander, 1891-1947

Subject(s)

  • Evolution -- History -- 20th century.
  • Evolution.
  • Genetics.
  • Paleontology.
  • Science -- Societies, etc.
  • Science publishing.


Detailed Inventory

Series I. Correspondence
 1 Linear Feetbox 1-2
Adams, Mark
1974-1978 
Allen, Garland E.
1974-1978 
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
1973-1978 
American Philosophical Society
1975 
Astaurov, B. L.
1974 
Baker, John R.
1977 
Bock, Walter
1974 
Boesiger, Ernest
1974-1977 
Burkhardt, Richard W., Jr.
1974-1975 
Carson, Hampton L.
1973-1978 
Churchill, Frederick B.
1974-1976 
Colbert, Edwin H.
1974 
Coleman, William H.
1974-1976 
Darlington, C. D.
1974-1975 
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
1973-1975 
Dunn, Leslie Clarence
1974 
Emerson, Alfred E.
1973 
Finding aids to Series I
  

Two finding aids, one of which was written after the accession of Series II and is the basis for the description of Series I of this finding aid.

Ford, E. B.
1973-1976 
Ghiselin, Michael
1974-1977 
Gould, Stephen Jay
1975-1979 
Grant, Verne
1973 
Greene, John C.
1975-1976 
Hamburger, Victor
1974-1976 
Harvard University Press
1978-1979 
Holton, Gerald
1973-1974 
Hull, David L.
1974-1975 
Huxley, Julian
1974-1975 
Lerner, Michael I.
1973-1976 
Lewontin, Richard C.
1975 
Limoges, Camille
1974-1976 
Mayr, Ernst
n.d. 

Mayr's personal data and questionnaire responses.

Medawar, Peter
1974 
Moore, John A.
1976 
Olson, Everett C.
1974-1975 
Princeton Conference on Genetics, Paleontology & Evolution
1976 

Correspondence with Edwin H. Colbert, Henry Ford, Bryan Patterson, George Gaylord Simpson, and G. Ledyard Stebbins.

Provine, William B.
1974-1979 
Questionnaire
1974 

"Old 1st draft" and a list of recipients of questionnaire, 1974.

Rensch, Bernhard
1974-1976 
Schaeffer, Bobb
1974-1976 
Simpson, George G. - Biographical account
n.d. 
Simpson, George G. - Correspondence
1973-1977 
Simpson, George G. - Questionnaire
n.d. 
Solbrig, Otto T.
n.d. 
Solignac, Michel
1979 
Stebbins, G. Ledyard
1973-1978 
Stern, Curt
1974 
Sulloway, Frank
1974 
Timofeeff-Ressovsky, N. W.
1974 
Weinstein, Alexander
1974-1975 
Weiss, Paul
1975 
White, Michael J. D.
1975-1977 
Series II. Transcripts
 2.25 Linear Feetbox 3-7
Evolutionary Synthesis bound volume - Session I
  box 3

Typeset transcript with edits. Previously bound.

Evolutionary Synthesis bound volume - Sessions II-IV
  box 3

Typeset transcript with edits. Previously bound.

The Evolutionary Synthesis - Table of Contents
  
Finding aids for Series II
  

Typeset finding aids used as the basis for the online finding aid. See collection level notes.

Keynote address (Mayr)
 5 folders
Prologue - manuscript (Mayr)
  
1.1 Genetics - manuscript (Provine)
  
1.2 Genetics - transcript (Provine)
  
1.3 Genetics - transcript (Provine)
  
1.4 Genetics - transcript (Glass?)
  
1.5 Genetics - transcript (Lewontin)
  
1.6 Genetics - transcript (Lewontin)
  
1.7 [Genetics?] - transcript
  
2.1 Cytology - manuscript (Provine)
  
2.2 Cytology - manuscript (Darlington)
  
2.3 Cytology - transcript (Darlington)
  
2.4 Cytology - transcript (Darlington)
  
2.5 Cytology - transcript (Darlington)
  
2.6 Cytology - transcript (Darlington)
  
2.7 Cytology - transcript (Darlington)
  
2.8 Cytology - manuscript (Weinstein)
  
2.9 Cytology - manuscript (Weinstein)
  
2.10 Cytology - edited transcript (Darlington/Weinstein)
  
2.11 Cytology - manuscript (Carson)
  
3.1 Embryology - manuscript (Mayr)
  
3.2 Embryology - transcript (Hamburger)
  
3.3 Embryology - transcript (Hamburger)
  
3.4 Embryology - transcript & manuscript (Churchill)
  
4.1 Systematics - manuscript (Mayr)
  
4.2 Systematics - manuscript (Mayr)
  
4.3 Systematics - notes (Mayr)
  
5.1 Botany - manuscript (Mayr)
  
5.2 Botany - transcript (Stebbins)
  
5.3 Botany - transcript (Stebbins)
  
5.4 Botany - transcript (Stebbins)
  
5.5 Botany - edited transcript (Stebbins)
  
5.6 Botany - transcript & manuscript (Stebbins)
  
5.7 Botany - manuscript (Stebbins)
  
5.8 [Botany?] - transcript (Stebbins)
  
6.1 Paleontology - manuscript (Mayr)
  
6.2 Paleontology - manuscript (Mayr)
  
6.3 Paleontology - transcript (Mayr/Olson/Schaeffer)
  
6.4 Paleontology - transcript? (Olson/Schaeffer/Gould)
  
6.5 Paleontology - manuscript (Olson)
  
6.6 Paleontology - transcript (Olson)
  
6.7 Paleontology - edited transcript (Olson)
  
6.8 Paleontology - edited transcript (Olson)
  
6.9 Paleontology - edited transcript (Olson)
  
6.10 Paleontology - edited transcript (Olson)
  
6.11 Paleontology - edited transcript (Olson)
  
6.12 Paleontology - manuscript (Olson)
  
6.13 Paleontology - transcript (Schaeffer)
  
6.14 Paleontology - transcript (Schaeffer)
  
6.15 Paleontology - transcript (Gould)
  
6.16 Paleontology - transcript (Gould)
  
6.17 Paleontology - transcript (Gould)
  
6.18 Paleontology - transcript
  
6.19 Paleontology - transcript
  
6.20 Paleontology - notes (Mayr)
  
7.1 Morphology - manuscript (Mayr)
  
7.2 Morphology - edited transcript (Coleman)
  
7.3 Morphology - transcript (Coleman)
  
7.4 Morphology - transcript (Coleman)
  
7.5 Morphology - manuscript (Coleman)
  
7.6 Morphology - manuscript (Ghiselin)
  
7.7 Morphology - transcript (Ghiselin)
  
7.8 Morphology - transcript (Ghiselin/Adams)
  
7.9 Morphology - notes (Mayr)
  
8.1 Soviet Union - manuscript (Dobzhansky)
  
8.2 Soviet Union - transcript (Dobzhansky)
  
8.3 Soviet Union - transcript (Dobzhansky)
  
8.4 Soviet Union - edited transcript (Dobzhansky)
  
9.1 Germany - manuscript
  
9.2 Germany - transcript (Mayr/Rensch)
  
9.3 Germany - manuscript (Mayr)
  
9.4 Germany - manuscript (Rensch)
  
9.5 Germany - edited transcript (Mayr/Rensch/Hamburger)
  
9.6 Germany - edited transcript (Mayr/Rensch)
  
9.7 Germany - edited transcript (Rensch)
  
9.8 Germany - manuscript (Hamburger)
  
9.9 Germany - manuscript (Hamburger)
  
9.10 Germany - transcript (Hamburger)
  
9.11 Germany - transcript (Hamburger)
  
9.12 Germany - transcript
  
9.13 Germany - manuscript (Mayr)
  
9.14 Germany - manuscript (Mayr)
  
9.15 Germany - miscellaneous
  
9.16 Germany - manuscript
  
10.1 France - manuscript (Mayr)
  
10.2 France - manuscript (Boesiger)
  
10.3 France - transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.4 France - transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.5 France - edited transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.6 France - transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.7 France - transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.8 France - edited transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.9 France - edited transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.10 France - transcript (Boesiger)
  
10.11 France - transcript
  
10.12 France - transcript
  
10.13 France - transcript
  
10.14 France - manuscript (Mayr)
  
10.15 France - manuscript (Limoges)
  
10.16 France - manuscript
  
10.17 France - notes (Mayr)
  
11.1 England - manuscript (Provine)
  
11.2 England - manuscript (Ford)
  
11.3 England - manuscript (Ford)
  
11.4 England - manuscript (Ford)
  
11.5 England - transcript (Ford)
  
11.6 England - transcript (Burkhardt)
  
11.7 England - transcript (Burkhardt)
  
11.8 England - transcript (Burkhardt)
  
11.9 England - edited transcript (Burkhardt)
  
11.10 England - manuscript (Burkhardt)
  
11.11 England - manuscript (Burkhardt)
  
11.12 England - transcript (Weinstein)
  
11.13 England - manuscript (Weinstein)
  
12.1 U.S.A. - manuscript (Provine)
  
12.2 U.S.A. - transcript & manuscript (Allen)
  
13.1 Interpretive Issues - transcript (Shapere)
  
13.2 Interpretive Issues - transcript
  
13.3 Interpretive Issues - transcript
  
13.4 Interpretive Issues - transcript
  
13.5 Interpretive Issues - edited? transcript
  
14.1 Epilogue - transcript (Provine)
  
14.2 Epilogue - manuscript (Provine)
  
14.3 Epilogue - manuscript (Provine)
  
15.1 Biographical Essays - transcript (Mayr)
  
15.2 Biographical Essays - manuscript (Mayr)
  
15.3 Biographical Essays - manuscript (Mayr on Stern)
  
15.4 Biographical Essays - transcript (Weinstein on Morgan)
  
15.5 Biographical Essays - manuscript (Dobzhansky on Morgan)
  
15.6 Biographical Essays - manuscript (Mayr on Simpson)
  
16.1 Reading List - manuscript
  
16.2 "The Objectives & Philosophy of a Modern Evolutionist" - unpublished manuscript (Stebbins)