Ocha Potter papers: 1898-2008 (bulk 1923-1965)
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Topical Files [series]

The Topical Files (2.5 linear feet) are arranged alphabetically and contain documentation of the activity and operation of the Museum of Zoology for a period covering over 60 years. However, the bulk of the material dates from the early 1970s to the late 1980s and emanates from the directorships of Nelson G. Hairston, Donald W. Tinkle, Robert Storer, and William R. Dawson. As in the earlier series, those wishing to gain a historical understanding of the museum and its origin should consult the "Historical" folders. These folders contain writings created by museum faculty and staff that document important events in the museum's past. Another topic that may be of interest to those examining the history of the museum is the "Future of the UMMZ (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology)." This folder contains information on grants and external funds collected by the museum and documents that discuss the future of the museum as well as the field of systematics at the university. There are also several reports contained in this series that highlight the history, achievements, and agenda of the museum, including an October 1994 report from the director and a 1997 special report to Dean Edie N. Goldenberg of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

Information about the directors' and their activity at the Museum can be gleaned from the "Directors' Correspondence" and "Directors' Memos" folders. Additional well-documented activities of the museum include the annual award of the Edwin C. Hinsdale, Edward C. Walker, and E.S. George Reserve Scholarships to outstanding graduate students in the field of zoology; the visiting scientists and professors programs which bring distinguished individuals to the museum for a period of one week (scientist) or one term (professors) to conduct research and offer seminars and courses; and the care and handling of live vertebrate animals by museum faculty and students. Also included here a diarly of William B. Mershon, Michigan conservationist. The diary is dated 1893-1919.

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Administrative Reorganization (Hairston writings) 1974-1975
 
Animal Care
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Census of Lab Vertebrates 1965-1979
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ULAM (Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine) 1965-1978
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Animal Welfare Act 1960-1978
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UCUCA (University Commission on Use and Care of Animals) Correspondence 1987-1993
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ULAM Reports and Memos 1983-1993
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Inter-departmental Correspondence 1983-1992
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Bailey, Dr. Reeve M. (curator) Memo File 1982-1990
 
Budget Information
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"The Finances of the Museum of Zoology," 1965
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Account Summaries 1972-1976
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Budgets and Salaries 1925/25-1949/50
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Clippings 1993-1999
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Compact Storage Units 1975
 
Directors' Correspondence
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Miscellaneous 1961-1997
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Import/Export Procedures 1971-1981
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Sam Krimm 1973-1974
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Bland Leverett 1975-1979
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Robert Ledbetter 1978-1979
 
Directors' Memos
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1977-1980
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1982
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1983
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1984
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1985
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1986-1987
 
Directorship Search
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Acting Director Information 1971-1981
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Correspondence and Memos 1979-1982 (2 folders)
 
Directories, Museum of Zoology
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Interoffice Publications 1961-1982
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Staff Records Office/University Publication Office 1967-1979
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DRDA (Division of Research Development and Administration) Quarterly Reports of zoology research grants 1979
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Faculty Work Load (DBS, Division of Biological Sciences) 1972-1978
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Faculty Search 1972-1980
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Future of the UMMZ 1993-1994
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GSRA (Graduate Student Research Assistant) Information 1958-1991
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Historical 1937-1993 (2 folders)
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Mechanical Drawings of Ruthven Building 1964-1990
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Mexican Collecting Permits Correspondence 1966-1971
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NSF Proposal (Nelson G. Hairston) 1968-1973
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Ottawa National Forest Threatened and Endangered Species 1974
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Private Support for Museum Research 1973-1975
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Public Service Database Survey 1988
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Publications List 1980-1990
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Registration and Enrollment Figures (DBS and Dept. of Zoology) 1945-1980
 
Reports
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"Grants for Research and Graduate Training in Systematic and Evolutionary Biology," May 1970
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"Report to the Director, Museum of Zoology Fund Raising Number 1," November 1979
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"A Report from the Director," October 1994
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"Special Report to Dean Edie N. Goldenberg," June 1997
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Reunion of Ph.Ds from 1961-1971, 1991
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Ruthven Professorship and Curatorship 1974-1978
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Salary Levels 1956-1961
 
SARR (Subcommittee Assigned to Review Rackham)
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Memos and Correspondence 1984
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William R. Dawson File (Committee Chair) 1984
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Scholarship Awards 1975-1984, 1988-1989 (11 folders)
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Seminars 1979-1989
 
Space Analysis
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Departmental Space Inventory Surveys 1981-1989
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Correspondence and Memos 1966-1988
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Threatened and Endangered Species Survey 1977
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William Mershon diary 1883 - 1919
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Tso-Hsin Cheng Visit 1980-1981
 
Visiting Professors
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Bruce Wallace Correspondence 1974-1976
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Miscellaneous Correspondence 1974-1976
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Visiting Scientist Program 1978-1988
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Walker, Charles F. Replacement Documentation 1970-1974