Handwritings again

Handwritings of malacologists are often the best kept secrets of natural history museums. One has to have a special interest in them and to inquire, otherwise one won’t get to see them.

Working in the Berlin museum at the moment, I asked if they had a collection of handwritings. And yes, they showed me a folder with correspondence of many malacologists and collectors. I have made a list of people relevant for Neotropical malacology (and some for the Gondwanan orthalicids).

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Two of the surprises for me were letters of Menke and Philippi, but as you may see, the list is quite substantial.

Albers, J.C.; Berlin – 1850
Biolley, P.; San Jos?? – 1891
Boettger, O.; Frankfurt a.M. – 1874-1910
Bohls, J.; Hamburg – 1894
Bonnet, A.; Paris – 1909
Champion, C.; London – 1890-1898
Charpentier, J. de; Devens near Bex – 1852-1853
Cox, J.C.; Sydney – 1869-1870
Cuming, H.; London – 1864-1865
Dall, W.H.; Washington D.C. – 1897-1905
Dautzenberg, Ph.; Paris – 1928-1931
Dohrn, A.; Stettin / Berlin – 1876, 1901
Dunker, W.; Cassel / Marburg – 1901-1904
Ernst, A.; Caracas – 1871
Eyerdam, W.; Seattle – 1930
Fulton, H.C.; London – 1909
G??ldi, E.A.; Rio de Janeiro – 1888-1889
Gundlach, J.; Habana – 1874-1881
Haas, F.; Heidelberg – 1909
Hedley, C.; Sydney – 1906
Hidalgo, J.G.; Madrid -1913
Ihering, H. von; S??o Paulo – 1897-1898
Iredale, T.; London – 1914
Kobelt, W.; Schwanheim – 1892-1912
Martens, E. von; Berlin – 1858-1899
Menke, K.Th.; Pyrmont – 1843, 1853
Mousson, A.; Z??rich – 1860
Oberwimmer, A.; Mitterarnsdorf -1924
Odhner, N.; Stockholm – 1929
Paetel, F.; Berlin – 1855
Paravicini, E.; Basel – 1931
Pfeffer, G.; Hamburg – 1896-1931
Pfeiffer, L.; Kassel – 1841-1868
Pilsbry, H.A.; Kansas – 1910?
Pittier, H.; San Jos?? – 1891, 1893
Preston, H.B.; London – 1912
Reibisch, T.; Dresden – 1853, 1855
Robson, G.C.; London – 1828, 1830
Rolle, H.; Berlin – 1927
Schomburgk, A.; Hainan – 1882
Smith, E.A.; London – 1897-1900?
Sowerby, G.B. III; London – 1906
Strebel, H.; Hamburg – 1874, 1877
Strobel, P.; Pavia – 1871
Suter, H.; Christchurch – 1897-1914
Thiele, J.; Dresden – 1892
Troschel, H.; Bonn – 1864-1871
Vernhout, J.H.; Leiden – 1913
Wessel, C.; Hamburg – 1874

I also noticed a remarkable difference in handwritings within the lifetime of a person. E.g., the ‘young’ Strebel from 1874 and the ‘old’ one in 1909. Something one has to keep in mind when trying to link a label to a person.

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