Scope and contents
Title: Fordyce Grinnell, Jr. Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.202
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material:
3.0 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1872-1919
Date (inclusive): 1872-1940
Fordyce Grinnell, Jr. (1882-1943), was a noted lepidopterist in Southern California and founded the Lorquin Natural History
Club (now the Lorquin Entomological Society) in June 1913. Grinnell was an assistant curator of entomology at the Southwest
Museum from 1916-1917, and he obtained his BA from Stanford in 1918. This collection consists mostly of correspondence to
and school papers by Fordyce Grinnell, Jr. from 1872-1919. A Lorquin Club membership directory from 1940 also appears in this
collection. Family, general, and professional correspondence is included as well as nature study notebooks created by Grinnell’s
students at West Vernon School. This collection also includes papers from Grinnell’s education, and personal papers, such
as manuscripts written and collected by Grinnell, newspaper clippings, postcards, and ephemera.
Grinnell, Fordyce, Jr.
Scope and contents
This collection consists mostly of correspondence to and school papers by Fordyce Grinnell, Jr. from 1872-1919. A Lorquin
Club membership directory from 1940 also appears in this collection. The correspondence in this collection includes family,
general, and professional correspondence. It also includes thank-you letters written to Grinnell by students and teachers
from schools where he lectured and correspondence regarding the Lorquin Natural History Club.
Other materials in this collection include high school and university papers containing syllabi, exams, notes, and reports
by Grinnell from his studies at Pasadena High School and at Stanford University. This collection also contains papers documenting
Grinnell’s role as a teacher, including nature study notebooks created by students at West Vernon School; manuscripts written
and collected by Grinnell; newspaper clippings; postcards; and ephemera. Much of the collected manuscripts and clippings refer
to Christianity or to entomology.
Fordyce Grinnell, Jr. Papers, 1872-1940, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.202; [folder number] [folder title][date].
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must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center
as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
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Initial processing by Braun Library staff. Biographical note prepared by Eloise Nelson 2011 May 18. Processing and finding
aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 July 23, made possible through grant funding from the
National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).
Fordyce Grinnell, Jr., 1882-1943
Grinnell was born 1882 June 17, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, son of Dr. Fordyce Grinnell and Elizabeth Pratt Grinnell. His
brother was Joseph Grinnell, an esteemed ornithologist who served as the first director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
at the University of California, Berkeley, until his death in 1939. Fordyce's interest in entomology started at a young age
and he began corresponding with another young entomologist, John Adams Comstock, Jr. when he was just 12 years old. Fordyce
was a noted lepidopterist in Southern California, and he founded the Lorquin Natural History Club (now the Lorquin Entomological
Society) in June 1913. Grinnell was an assistant curator of entomology at the Southwest Museum from 1916-1917, and he obtained
his BA from Stanford in 1918. Following his graduation, he moved to Hawaii, where he taught until 1921. In 1922, he moved
to the Philippines, and after a brief unsuccessful stint as a teacher, turned to collecting specimens full-time. He collected
butterflies and beetles in the Philippines for the Bureau of Science in Manila and the Hill Museum in Surrey, England, until
1923, when he then traveled to Australia. He traveled extensively throughout Australia, continuing to collect specimens until
1930, when his widowed mother requested he return to the United States. He died in San Francisco on 1943 July 20.
The Fordyce Grinnell insect collection was purchased by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County at the urging of
John Comstock. At least part, and possibly all, of that specimen collection was transferred to the Riverside Municipal Museum
Comstock, John Adams. “Old Timers: [read by John A. Comstock at the Association Banquet, evening of June 19, 1965].”
Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 14 (1975): 90-92.
Bryant, James M. “The Collectors—A Cloud of Butterflies—A Kaleidoscope of Lepidopterists.” Accessed 2011 April 13. http://www.xtimeline.com/timeline/The-Collectors---A-Cloud-of-Butterflies--a-Kaleidoscope-of-Lepidopterists.
Donation to the Braun Library some time before 1978.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Lorquin Entomological Society.
Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pasadena High School (Pasadena, Calif.)