Kummel, Bernhard, 1919-1980. Bernhard Kummel papers: Guide. Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Last update 2016 June 13
Repository: Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Call No.: mcz00001
Location: Room J
Creator: Kummel, Bernhard, 1919-1980.
Title: Bernhard Kummel papers,
Quantity: 17.57 Cubic Feet (24 Boxes)
Abstract: Papers of Harvard geology professor and Museum of Comparative Zoology
Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology Bernhard Kummel.
234. Donated by Fred Collier of the Department of
Invertebrate Paleontology; received: 3 March 1993.
Kummel's death in 1980, most of his papers were donated by the family to the Harvard
University Archives. However, papers from his office in the department of Invertebrate
Paleontology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) were not transferred to the
Archives with the rest of the materials, as they were the property of the Museum.
is no record as to whether the Harvard University Archives attempted to obtain these
papers. These papers remained in the department until 1993, when they were finally
transferred to the MCZ Archives at the Ernst Mayr (then MCZ) Library.
Researchers interested in viewing the collection should seek permission
from the Special Collections Librarian.
All requests for publication should be referred to the Special Collections
Bernhard Kummel (1919-1980) was a professor of geology at Harvard
University from 1952 to 1980. He was Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the
Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1963-1980.
Processed by: Marina Dzidzigiuri, December 1994.
As given to
the MCZ Library, the Kummel collection consisted of eight boxes of tightly packed
materials. Some of these materials were gathered together neatly in folders and
envelopes, while others were scattered throughout the boxes in complete disarray.
The collection is arranged by type of
material. Since the collection itself is a subseries, the intern found it unnecessary
create further subdivisions. Rather, she arranged the containers in a certain logical
order, as follows:
The collection is described to the file unit level. The file unit may be a
folder, an envelope, or a binder. Wherever the materials were found gathered together
in a file, they were kept in that file, their original order undisturbed, to preserve
possible relationships between the items. Where materials were gathered in a file
the intern, they were arranged as seemed fit for that file, either chronologically
alphabetically.At this point, containers 1 through 7 are arranged and described
completely. The rest of the containers will need further attention. Some of the materials
in these containers will most likely be disposed of.
- Materials related to Kummel's writings: Manuscripts
- Materials related to Kummel's writings: Visual materials
- Materials related to Kummel's teaching and administrative functions
- Research notes
- Published materials
Organized into the following groups:
- Container 1: Correspondence, 1950-1977
- Container 2: Manuscripts with accompanying correspondence, A-M: 1942-1969
- Container 3: Manuscripts with accompanying correspondence, N-Z: 1941-1976
- Container 4: Manuscripts, ca. 1975
- Container 5: Page proofs, ca. 1961
- Container 6: Page proofs, ca. 1961-1964
- Container 7: Illustrations, ca. 1965 and Miscellaneous photos [no date] (from ARC
- Container 8: Miscellaneous maps, diagrams and charts
- Container 9: Miscellaneous plates
- Container 10: Loose (not mounted) fossil photographs
- Containers 11 and 12: Loose fossil photographs
- Container 13: Miscellaneous fossil drawings and sketches
- Container 14: Photographs of geological sites
- Container 15: Negatives
- Container 16: Academic and administrative materials
- Container 17: Species notes
- Container 18: Specimen cards
- Container 19: Stratigraphy notes
- Container 20: Stratigraphy notes
- Container 21: Miscellaneous research notes
- Container 22: Vertical file
- Container 23: Miscellaneous
- Container 24: Miscellaneous maps (published)
The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to Kummel's publications.
These are primarily photographs of fossil sites and specimens, maps, charts and
diagrams. Some of them, mounted on photomount boards, were to be used as plates in
Kummel's publications. Others were loose, in folders and envelopes of various sizes,
scattered in the boxes.
The second largest portion of the collection are Kummel's manuscripts (hand-and
type-written drafts, carbon copies of versions submitted for publication, galley proofs,
and reprints). These were found in folders or envelopes together with the
correspondence concerning the manuscripts.
Other items include miscellaneous research notes in notebooks, on loose sheets of
paper and on index cards; course syllabi and bibliographies; correspondence;
published maps; and, finally, several manuscripts (published or type-written) by other
Some materials cannot be dated with any certainty. This is particularly true for
photographs and maps, many of which do not bear any inscription. However, from
correspondence, course syllabi and other dated items it is obvious that the collection
not limited to Kummel's Harvard years. In fact, the earliest dated item in the collection
a draft of the B.A. thesis written by Kummel in 1941, more than ten years before he
joined the Harvard faculty.
See also Portrait File under Kummel for expedition photos.
- Series: Container 1: Correspondence, 1950-1977 6
folders, 0.31 cubic feet.
Scope and Content: Business and scientific correspondence with publishers and other scholars,
concerning scientific matters, shipments of specimens, upcoming publications, requests
for corrections of manuscripts, etc. The number after the slash is that of a file
(either folder or envelope).
- 1/1 1951-1957, concerning Triassic Correlation Chart for
Geological survey, United States Department of Interior.
Mainly between B. Kummel, John B.
Reeside, Jr., J. David Love and Edwin D. McKee.
- 1/3 1976-1977, concerning a loan from Harvard
University to Kummel, to pay for his son Alex' tuition. Arranged
- 1/4 Miscellaneous incoming, 1950-1976,
- 1/6 Miscellaneous correspondence by and to other people, 1970-1975, Arranged chronologically.
- Series: Container 2: Manuscripts with accompanying correspondence,
A-M: 1942-1969 25 files (folders and envelopes), 1.18 cubic feet.
Arrangement: Files are arranged alphabetically by title of manuscript (not necessarily
the same as the title of the folder, which may be an abbreviation or a short title).
each file, the original order is preserved.
The files include rough drafts of Kummel's manuscripts (hand- and/or
type-written), copies with corrections by other scholars, carbon copies of final versions
submitted for publication, accompanying illustrative materials, and correspondence.
latter are mainly between B. Kummel and his co-authors and publishers.
included are copies of Kummel's letters to other scholars soliciting their opinions
corrections of manuscripts, as well as their replies to Kummel. Dates were given for
correspondence and for the publication of the manuscripts, wherever possible.
Kummel's authorship is mentioned for those manuscripts that were written in
collaboration with other authors. It should be assumed automatically for those
manuscripts authored by Kummel alone.
- 2/2 "The Ancestry of the Family Nautilidae." For Breviora, vol. 21, 1953. Rough draft, carbon copy,
- 2/3 "Anisian Ammoniods from Malaya." For Breviora, vol. 125, 1960.
Rough draft and plates.
- 2/4 "Annotated Bibliography of Triassic Mollusca." Rough drafts,
carbon copy, correspondence, Aug. 2, 1948-1951.
- 2/5 "Classification and Evolution of the Nautilida", ca. 1961.
Rough draft only.
- 2/7 "Classification and Evolution of the Nautilida", ca. 1961.
Carbon copy, corrections, illustrations, correspondence, Sept. 29, 1961.
- 2/10 "Experiments on Relative Streamlining of Coiled Cephalopod
Shells", by Bernhard Kummel and Ronald M. Lloyd. For Journal of Paleontology, vol. 29, 1955.
Rough draft, carbon copy, illustrations, correspondence, 1953 -1955.
- 2/12 "Geological Reconnaissance of the Contamana Region, Peru." Ph.D. thesis for Columbia University, 1949.
- 2/15 "Lower Eotriassic Stratigraphy, Western Wyoming and Southern
Idaho", by Norman D. Newell and Bernhard Kummel, 1942.
Carbon copy only.
- 2/16 "Lower Triassic Ammonoids from Western Southland, New
Zealand." For New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, vol. 2,
Rough draft only.
- 2/19 "Lower Triassic (Scythian) Ammonoids from Nepal." For Breviora, vol. 345, 1970.
Rough draft, carbon copy, illustrations, correspondence, 1968-1969.
- 2/21 "Lower Turonian Ammonites from Texas and Mexico", by Bernhard Kummel and Jack M. Decker. For Journal of Paleontology, vol. 28, 1954.
- 2/22 "Middle Triassic Ammonites from Peary Land", in Meddelelser om Gronland, vol. 127(1): 1953.
Rough draft, carbon copy, illustrations, correspondence, 1953.
- 2/23 "Mid-Scythian Ammonites from Iwai Formation, Japan", by Bernhard Kummel and Sunio Sakagami. For Breviora, 126, 1960.
draft, carbon copy, plates, correspondence, 1959.
- 2/24 "Miscellaneous Nautiloid Type Species of Alpheus Hyatt", for
the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, vol. 128 (6), 1963.
Rough draft only.
- 2/25 "Miscellaneous Nautiloid Type Species of Alpheus Hyatt", for
the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, vol. 128 (6), 1963.
Rough draft, carbon copy, correction pages, correspondence, 1961-1962.
- Series: Container 4: Manuscripts, ca. 1975 4
binders, 0.53 cubic feet.
Scope and Content: Type-written rough drafts of manuscripts and plates, with Kummel's corrections. The
manuscripts appear to be chapters of the revised version of History of the Earth. Kummel worked on it during his last years and never finished. The manuscripts
include several dated references to new specimens; the latest is 1975.
- 4/3 Waagen Salt Range, plates 1-65.
- 4/4 5 chapters bound together: Japan, Australia, the Indian subcontinent, South
- Series: Container 7: Illustrations, ca. 1965 and Miscellaneous photos [no
date] (from ARC 169) 10 files, 1.18 cubic feet.
Arrangement: Within files, the original order was preserved.
Scope and Content: Illustrative materials for the Handbook of Paleontological Techniques. Each file includes hand-drawn sketches, photographs (on photomounts and loose), photostats, negatives, photocopies, and pages proofs for plates.
- 7/2-3 Photographs - biological
- Series: Container 16: Academic and administrative materials 3 files, 1.04 cubic feet.
- 16/1 Course materials: syllabi, exams, recommended reading, etc.
- Series: Container 22: Vertical file 1.74 cubic feet.
Journal articles in folders. Pending the approval of the
Special Collections Librarian, these folders will be discarded, as they do not represent
Kummel's work and/or do not contain any original information.
- Series: Container 24: Miscellaneous maps (published) 0.97 cubic feet.
Includes geographic, geological,
paleographic, paleotectonic, and planerozoic maps of various