Finding Aid to the Charles S. Thaeler, Jr. papers MVZA.MSS.0258

Finding aid prepared by Ajay Yalamanchi
The processing of this collection was made possible through funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley
mvzarchives@berkeley.edu
22 April 2014


Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles S. Thaeler, Jr. papers
Identifier/Call Number: MVZA.MSS.0258
Contributing Institution: Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1956-1963
Language of Materials: Materials primarily in English
Creator: Thaeler, Charles, Jr., 1932-2004

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives in writing for approval. Please contact the Museum Archivist for further information.

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles S. Thaeler, Jr. papers, MVZA.MSS.0258, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical note

Dr. Charles S. Thaeler, Jr., born on January 9, 1932, mainly studied pocket gopher species in California and the Western United States during his time with the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley. Although formally a graduate PhD student under Dr. Seth B. Benson from 1964-1969, Thaeler was affiliated with the MVZ prior to his enrollment as a graduate student. The Thaeler Field Notes Collection contains his research from 1956-1963 on the genus Thomomys, smooth-toothed pocket gophers, which were the subjects of his PhD dissertation entitled “An Analysis of the Distribution of Pocket Gopher Species in Northeastern California (Genus Thomomys)” (1968). Thaeler’s research took him all throughout California, but he mainly focused his research on Northern California counties, including Lassen, Shasta, Siskiyou, Plumas, and Mendocino county.
Although the Thaeler Field Notes Collection provides a glimpse into Thaeler’s life through his journal entries, the Thaeler Correspondence, also housed in the MVZ, reveals much more about the man behind the words. Thaeler’s warm personality and humorous side exude from his numerous letters and memos to friends and colleagues. He liked to simply go by “Charlie”, and he often asked how his friends and their families were doing. A family man himself, Thaeler was married to Marianne Hobbs Thaeler and had three boys, Charles III, Kent, and Bret.
Thaeler was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Indiana University until 1966, after which he and his family moved to New Mexico. In New Mexico, Thaeler joined the faculty of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces as an Assistant Professor of Biology. In 1975, Thaeler became a Full Professor of Biology, and he taught courses in systematics while also being involved in the field of cytogenetics. He was also Chairman of the Committee on Systematic Collections under the American Society of Mammalogists while at NMSU in the early 1980s.
Thaeler continued his tenure at NMSU until at least 1985, during which he mentored at least five successful PhD students. He died on November 18, 2004 in Roswell, NM at age 72.

Scope and Contents note

The Charles S. Thaeler, Jr. papers consist of two bound volumes spanning the years 1956-1963. The field notes focus mainly on the Thomomys genus, smooth-toothed pocket gophers, with some research on the Empidonax genus, birds of the tyrant flycatcher family. The notes include journals, catalogues, and species accounts from localities within California and Nevada. Some of the field notes contain map sketches. The Thaeler correspondence spans from his time at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology as a graduate student to his time as a professor of biology at New Mexico State University.

Arrangement note

The arrangement of the collection is chronological and in its original form. The sections are bound in the order presented in this guide.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Biological specimens--Identification
Cataloging--Specimens.
Correspondence
Empidonax
Field notes
Pocket gophers
Pocket gophers--United States.
Pocket gophers--Variation.
Thomomys bottae--California--Geographical distribution.
Thomomys bottae--Variation--California.

Collection Contents

 

Correspondence 1964-1981

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1964-1970

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1971-1981

 

Field notes 1956-1963

Physical Description: 520.0 Pages
Volume 1

Volume 1 v1703 1956-1960

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 243.0 Pages
Volume 1, Section 1

Catalogue #99-230; Journal: California; Species Account v1703_s1 1956

Physical Description: 37.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Mendocino County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Riverside County
North America, United States, California, San Diego County
North America, United States, California, San Joaquin County
North America, United States, California, San Mateo County
North America, United States, New York, Hamilton County
Volume 1, Section 2

Catalogue #231-419; Journal v1703_s2 1957

Physical Description: 22.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Kern County
North America, United States, California, Madera County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Mendocino County
North America, United States, California, Napa County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Riverside County
North America, United States, California, San Bernardino County
North America, United States, California, San Diego County
North America, United States, California, San Luis Obispo County
North America, United States, California, Solano County
Volume 1, Section 3

Catalogue #321-817: California v1703_s3 1958

Physical Description: 20.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Fresno County
North America, United States, California, Imperial County
North America, United States, California, Kern County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Riverside County
North America, United States, California, San Benito County
North America, United States, California, San Diego County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
North America, United States, California, Yolo County
Volume 1, Section 4

Journal: California v1703_s4 1958

Physical Description: 31.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Colusa County
North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Fresno County
North America, United States, California, Imperial County
North America, United States, California, Kern County
North America, United States, California, Madera County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Merced County
North America, United States, California, Riverside County
North America, United States, California, San Benito County
North America, United States, California, San Bernardino County
North America, United States, California, San Diego County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
North America, United States, California, Sonoma County
North America, United States, California, Yolo County
Volume 1, Section 5

Species Account: Thomomys misc. v1703_s5 1958

Physical Description: 36.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Contra Costa County
North America, United States, California, Imperial County
North America, United States, California, Riverside County
North America, United States, California, San Diego County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
Volume 1, Section 6

Catalogue #818-884; Journal: California; Species Accounts: Thomomys only v1703_s6 1959

Physical Description: 21.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Sonoma County
North America, United States, California, Yolo County
Volume 1, Section 7

Catalogue #885-1112: California, Nevada v1703_s7 1960

Physical Description: 12.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Placer County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
North America, United States, Nevada, Washoe County
Volume 1, Section 8

journal: California, Nevada v1703_s8 1960

Physical Description: 45.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Alameda County
North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Placer County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
North America, United States, Nevada, Washoe County
Volume 1, Section 9

Species Account: Thomomys, Empidonax v1703_s9 1960

Physical Description: 19.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
Volume 2

Volume 2 v1704 1961-1963

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 277.0 Pages
Volume 2, Section 1

Catalogue #1113-1409: California v1704_s1 1961

Physical Description: 16.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Fresno County
North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Placer County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, Nevada, Washoe County
Volume 2, Section 2

Journal: California, Nevada v1704_s2 1961

Physical Description: 53.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Fresno County
North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Marin County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, Nevada, Washoe County
Volume 2, Section 3

Species Account: Contia Thomomys v1704_s3 1961

Physical Description: 37.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Fresno County
North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, San Mateo County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, Nevada, Washoe County
Volume 2, Section 4

Catalogue #1410-1733: California v1704_s4 1962

Physical Description: 17.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Nevada County
North America, United States, California, San Mateo County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
Volume 2, Section 5

Journal: California v1704_s5 1962

Physical Description: 32.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
Volume 2, Section 6

Species Accounts: Thomomys (misc.) v1704_s6 1962

Physical Description: 23.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
Volume 2, Section 7

Catalogue #1734-2150: California (Utah) v1704_s7 1963

Physical Description: 22.0 Pages

Related Materials Note

Specimens collected in this section can be found in Arctos , the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology's specimen database.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
North America, United States, Utah, Washington County
Volume 2, Section 8

Journal: California v1704_s8 1963

Physical Description: 40.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County
Volume 2, Section 9

Species Account: Thomomys (misc. birds, mammals, herps) v1704_s9 1963

Physical Description: 37.0 Pages

Subjects and Indexing Terms

North America, United States, California, Lassen County
North America, United States, California, Modoc County
North America, United States, California, Plumas County
North America, United States, California, Shasta County
North America, United States, California, Sierra County
North America, United States, California, Siskiyou County