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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Allan F. Archer papers MSS.0082


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

May 2009


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Allan F. Archer papers

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


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Documents pertaining to the career of Dr. Allan F. Archer from 1932 to 1951 when he worked at the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History and Geological Survey of Alabama. The material primarily focuses on Dr. Archer’s study of spiders, but includes crabs, mollusks, crustacean and matters of ecological and biological importance as well.


Archer, Allan F. , 1908-

Scope and Contents note

The Allan F. Archer Papers document the career of Dr. Archer from 1932 to 1951, during which time he worked at the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History/ Geological Survey of Alabama. The collection is arranged by subject and in its original form (the material was roughly sorted into subjects). Due to the lack of dates available, the minimal correspondence, and the fact that the creator used a subject arrangement, the order was kept. The collection is arranged into the following categories: Correspondence, Decapod Crustacea, Ecology, Manuscripts/Publications, Maps, Marine Biology, Miscellaneous, Mollusks, Photographs, and Spiders.

The material is devoted to Dr. Archer's study of spiders, crabs, mollusks, crustacea, and matters of ecological and biological importance. A large part of the collection pertains to spiders. The field notes include specific data on various locations throughout the United States, particularly the Southeast. Dr. Archer's drawings are in both color and black and white, and show in explicit and minute detail the animals to which he devoted much of his career.

The two large maps, included in the collection, are housed with the oversized materials. They have been flattened, cleaned, de-acidified, and one has been encapsulated. The Manuscripts/Publication section, also contains a large number of items, including both originals and copies of Dr. Archer's writings.

Preferred Citation:

Allan F. Archer papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Allan F. Archer

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Archer worked at the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History from 1932 to 1951. He was also State Ecologist and a member of the Alabama Geological Survey.

Processing Information:

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Mary R. Sand, 1989; revised and updated by Martha Bace, 2009 and 2012

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Archer, Allan F. , 1908- (local)

Archer, Allan F. , 1908- (local)

Geological Survey of Alabama. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Alabama (localbroad)

Amite County (Miss.) (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Drawings (visual works) (aat)

Ecology (lcsh)

Environment and Conservation (localbroad)

Manuscripts for publication (aat)

Maps (aat)

Marine biology (lcsh)

Mollusks (Local)

Photographs (aat)

Science and Nature (localbroad)

Spiders (lcsh)

University of Alabama (localbroad)

CORRESPONDENCE Box 3072 Folder 1


Components in Detail

Notes and drawings on various crustacea Box 3072 Folder 1

Antennae Box 3072 Folder 2

Cancer Linnaeus Box 3072 Folder 3

Crabs Box 3072 Folder 4

Crawfish Box 3072 Folder 5

Ocypodid Box 3072 Folder 6

Oxyrhyncha Box 3072 Folder 7

Porcellanidae Box 3072 Folder 8

Notes from various magazine articles Box 3072 Folder 9

Notes on various locations Box 3072 Folder 10

List of publications from the Geological Survey of Alabama Box 3072 Folder 11


Components in Detail

Lists of ecological communities throughout Alabama Box 3072 Folder 1

Correspondence - to Dr. Walter Jones, December 17, 1941 Box 3072 Folder 2

Index cards listing communities Box 3072 Folder 3

Two miscellaneous items Box 3072 Folder 4


Components in Detail

Abbreviation Sheet and Style Manual Box 3072 Folder 1

Publications - Ecology/Conservation Box 3072 Folder 2

Publications - General Box 3072 Folder 3

Publications - New Species, p.1-40, envelope with notes Box 3072 Folder 4

Publications - New Species, p.41-101 Box 3072 Folder 5

Publications - New Species Figures, notes, and other drafts Box 3072 Folder 6

Publications - Spiders Box 3072 Folder 7

Publications - Spiders Box 3073 Folder 8

Publications - Spiders Box 3073 Folder 9

Publications - Spiders Box 3073 Folder 10

Publications - Spiders Box 3073 Folder 11


Components in Detail

Seven 8.5”x11” maps of Alabama showing countries where spiders are found Box 3073 Folder 1

Charlottesville, Virginia map (with oversized materials)

Oversized road maps of Mexico, Texas, and Mississippi/Arkansas/Louisiana and map of Amite County, Mississippi


Components in Detail

Correspondence - James Engle February 27, 1948 Box 3073 Folder 1

Miscellaneous Annual Reports, literature list, editorial, scratch notes Box 3073 Folder 2

Oysters and Shrimp Box 3073 Folder 3

Reports Box 3073 Folder 4



Components in Detail

Drawings of mollusks Box 3073 Folder 1

Field notes Box 3073 Folder 2

Localities of mollusks Box 3073 Folder 3

Map Box 3073 Folder 4

Photographs Box 3073 Folder 5

Snails Box 3073 Folder 6

Unidentified 8.5”x11” photograph of a group of people standing in front of a building Box 3073 Folder 1


Components in Detail

Argiopidae, Part 1, notes/drawings Box 3074 Folder 1

Argiopidae, Part 2 Box 3074 Folder 2

Classifications Box 3074 Folder 3

Drawings Box 3074 Folder 4

Linyphiidae Box 3074 Folder 5

Localities of Spiders, Part 1, by species Box 3074 Folder 6

Localities of Spiders, Part 2, by states Box 3074 Folder 7

Localities of Spiders, Part 3 Box 3074 Folder 8

Localities of Spiders, Part 4 Box 3074 Folder 9

New Species Box 3074 Folder 10

Photographs Box 3074 Folder 11

Theridiidae and Mimetidae Box 3074 Folder 12