Neal A. (Neal Albert) Weber papers, [ca. 1930s-1980s]


Date: Circa 1930s-1980s | Size: 22 Linear feet, Ca. 19,000 items


This diverse collection includes correspondence, field notes, lecture and meeting notes, publication material, drawings, and lantern slides. It documents Weber's professional career as an internationally known myrmecologist, or ant scientist, and his wider ranging interests in entomology and ecology. There are class and lab notes for his educational period at Harvard University (A.M. 1933; Ph.D. 1935), and substantial documentation on his primary academic career at Swarthmore College (1947-1974; includes teaching records, data on the Biology Dept. and the College). His field notes, 1930s-1970s (ca. 3 lin. ft.), contain detailed observations of the many scientific expeditions he was a member of, including trips to: West Indies, 1933-1936; Colombia, 1938; Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya, 1939. He also participated in numerous American Museum of Natural History expeditions: Central Africa, 1948; Middle East, 1950, 1952; and Tropical America, 1954. There are data for his time as visiting professor at the University of Baghdad, Iraq, 1950-1952, and his period as Scientific Attaché, Buenos Aires, for the U. S. Dept. of State, 1960-1962. Weber's contributions to polar scientific studies can be studied through his files of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Polar Research, 1958-1960 (he was on the panel on biological and medical science), as well as many numerous miscellaneous files on polar research. There is substantial material on the Entomological Society of America, and on such local ecological groups as the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Assoc., Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Background note

Entomologist Neal Albert Weber taught at Swarthmore College from 1947 to 1974.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 19,000 items.


Presented by Neal Albert Weber, 1982-1985; initially accessioned, 10/--/1982 (1982 1497ms). See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers and dates.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association.
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Harvard University -- Students.
  • National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Polar Research
  • Swarthmore College. -- Faculty.
  • United States. -- Dept. of State.
  • University of Baghdad -- Faculty.


  • Drawings.
  • Field notes.
  • Lantern slides.
  • Lecture notes.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Africa, Central -- Description and travel
  • Polar regions -- Discovery and exploration.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bennett, Thomas Peter
  • Bequaert, Joseph C.
  • Brown, W. L. (William L.)
  • Campbell, Frank L. (Frank Leslie)
  • Donisthorpe, Horace
  • Emerson, Alfred E. (Alfred Edwards), 1896-1976
  • Haskins, Caryl P. (Caryl Parker), 1908-2001
  • Mann, William M, 1886-1960
  • Martin, Michael M.
  • Talbot, Mary
  • Weber, Neal A.(Neal Albert)
  • Wheeler, George C. (George Carlos)
  • Wheeler, William Morton, 1865-1937
  • Wilbur, Brayton


  • Ants
  • Arctic Regions -- Discovery and exploration
  • Biology.
  • Ecology.
  • Entomology.
  • Scientific expeditions.

Detailed Inventory

Series Graphics
Ant poster. The Ants Shall Inherit The Earth. Secretaria de Agricutura y Fomento
undated and 1928 LH-B-26 Oversize

Agricultural poster shows life cycle of La Hormiga Arriera, leaf cutter ants and fumigation of nest. Ant poster. The Ants Shall Inherit The Earth drawn by Neal Weber.