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1853-1867

RG XVIII-A-1 Publications. Memoirs. "A History of the Fishes of Massachusetts", illustrations.

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY


History

As a commissioner for the Natural History Survey of the Commonwealth of 1837, physician David Humphreys Storer was responsible for the description of the fish and reptiles of Massachusetts. After publishing his report in 1840 on the two subjects, Storer spent more than twenty-five years studying the fish of Massachusetts.

Between 1853 and 1867 the Academy published, in six installments, Storer’s “A History of the Fishes of Massachusetts” in Memoirs. In this work he described many species and elucidated their natural history, paying particular attention to their role in the local economy. Storer’s descriptions included in total 39 plates of figures, many of them drawn by draughtsman Antoine Sonrel, a colleague of Academy Fellow Louis Agassiz. The plates were engraved by Tappan & Bradford.

Storer’s research was later published in a book of the same title in 1867 and was called by Academy Fellow and entomologist Samuel H. Scudder a “land-mark in the ichthyological literature of the country.”

Scope and Content

This sub-series contains records of the Memoirs feature “A History of the Fishes of Massachusetts” by David Humphreys Storer, published between 1853 and 1867.

It is composed of sketches of the fish, and occasionally their detail, later published as plates in the feature. They are in various states of completion. The sketches are drawn in pencil and ink on cardstock, with handwritten notes in pencil. The handwritten notes include captions for the images and instructions, such as: “To the engraver – It will be necessary to stipple this fish as it is covered with fine, sharp scales too small to be outlined.” Rarely, an unrelated sketch or illustration is drawn on the back. On most of the illustrations, a sheet of tissue paper was glued onto the cardstock to protect the drawing. However, many of these sheets have become damaged and/or brittle.

A small part of the sub-series are wrappers or envelopes that contained the sketches, and one sheet has draft text of a sentence for publication in the text block.

Volume

1.3 linear feet (2 document cases, 1 flat storage box)

Arrangement

All of the illustrations in this sub-series relate to “A History of the Fishes of Massachusetts” as published in Academy Memoirs, and are arranged in the order in which they appear in the published plates; first by plate, then by figure. Each illustration is additionally listed by the scientific name as it appears in Memoirs (including the identifying taxonomist), followed by the date of publication. These scientific names as published often have been superceded by later taxonomy, as such the fish depicted may be known by another name presently.

Preferred Citation

[Item title, date]. Record Group XVII: Publications – Memoirs. Illustrations for “A History of the Fishes of Massachusetts,” ca. 1853-1867.  Archives, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Languages

English
Latin

Subjects

Fishes—Classification—Massachusetts
Ichthyology—Massachusetts
Fishing industry—Massachusetts
Learned institutions and societies—United States—Periodicals
Storer, David Humphreys, 1804-1891
Sonrel, Antoine

ITEM LIST

Box 1

Folder 1
04.3 – Cottus gracilis. Heckel, 1853

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Folder 2
04.4, 5, 6 – Boleosoma olmstedi. Agassiz, 1853

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Folder 3
08.1 – Aspidophorus monopterygius. Cuvier, 1853

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Folder 4
08.5 – Gasterosteus dekayi. Agassiz, 1853

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Folder 5
13.1 – Cybium maculatum. Cuvier, 1853

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Folder 6
13.2 – Xiphias gladius. Linnea, 1853

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Folder 7
13.3, 4, 5 – Palinurus perciformis. Dekay, 1853

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Folder 8
14 – [wrapper for illustrations in plate 14], 1853

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Folder 9
14.1 – Caranx crysos. Cuvier, 1853

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Folder 10
14.3 – Argyreiosus capillaris. Dekay, 1853

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Folder 11
15 – [wrapper for illustrations in plate 15], 1853

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Folder 12
15.1 – Temnodon saltator. Cuvier, 1853

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Folder 13
15.4 – Rhombus triacanthus. Dekay, 1853

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Folder 14
15.5 – Seriola zonata. Cuvier, 1853

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Folder 15
16.1, 2, 3 – Atherina notata. Mitchill, 1853

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Folder 16
16.4, 5 – Mugil lineatus. Mitchill, 1853

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Folder 17
17 – [wrapper for illustrations in plate 17], 1855

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Folder 18
17.1 – Blennius serpentinus. Storer, 1855

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Folder 19
17.2 – Gunnellus mucronatus. Cuvier, 1855

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Folder 20
17.4 – Zoarces anguillaris. Storer, 1855

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Folder 21
18.1 – Anarrhicus vomerinus. Agassiz, 1855

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Folder 22
18.2 – Lophius americanus. Cuvier, 1855

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Folder 23
20.1 – Ctenolabrus ceruleus. Dekay, 1855

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Folder 24
20.2 – Tautoga americana. Dekay, 1855

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Folder 25
20.3 – Pimelodus atrarius. Dekay, 1855

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Folder 26
21.2 – Leucosomus americanus. Girard, 1855

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Folder 27
21.3 – Hypsolepis cornutus. Girard, 1855

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Folder 28
21.4 – Argyreus atronasus. Heck, 1855

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Folder 29
22.2 – Cheilonemus pulchellus. Girard, 1855

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Folder 30
22.3 – Catostomus bosteniensis. Lesueur, 1855

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Folder 31
22.4 – Catostomus gibbosus. Lesueur, 1855

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Folder 32
23.4 – Fundulus pisculentus, female. Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1855

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Folder 33
23.5 – Hydrargyra flavula, male. Storer, 1855

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Folder 34
23.6 – Hydrargyra flavula, female. Storer, 1855

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Folder 35
24.1 – Esox reticulatus. Lesueur, 1859

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Folder 36
24.2 – Esox ornatus. Girard, 1859

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Folder 37
24.3 – Belone truncata. Lesueur, 1859

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Folder 38
24.4 – Scomberesox storeri. Dekay, 1859

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Folder 39
25.2 – Salmo salar. Linnea, 1859

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Folder 40
25.3 – Salmo fontinalis. Mitchill, 1859

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Folder 41
25.4 – Osmerus viridescens. Lesueur, 1859

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Folder 42
26.1 – Clupea elongata. Lesueur, 1859

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Folder 43
26.2 – Alosa praestabilis. Dekay, 1859

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Folder 44
26.3 – Alosa tyrannus. Dekay, 1859

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Folder 45
26.4 – Alosa menhaden. Storer, 1859

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Box 2

Folder 1
27.1 – Alosa cyanonoton. Storer, 1859

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Folder 2
27.2 – Alosa lineata. Storer, 1859

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Folder 3
27.4 – Morrhua americana. Storer, 1859

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Folder 4
27.5 – Morrhua pruinosa. Dekay, 1859

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Folder 5
28 – [wrapper for illustrations in plate 28], 1859

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Folder 6
28.1 – Morrhua aeglefinus. Linnea, 1859

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Folder 7
28.2 – Merlucius albidus. Dekay, 1859

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_091.jpg
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Folder 8
28.3 – Merlangus purpureus. Storer, 1859

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Folder 9
28.4 – Lota compressa. Lesueur, 1859

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_106.jpg

Folder 10
29.1 – Motella caudacuta. Storer, 1859

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Folder 11
29.2 – Brosmius flavescens. Lesueur, 1859

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Folder 12
29.3 – Phycis americanus. Storer, 1859

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Folder 13
29.4 – Phycis filamentosus. Storer, 1859

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Folder 14
30.1 – Hippoglussus vulgaris. Cuvier, 1863

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Folder 15
30.2 – Platessa plana. Mitchill, 1863

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Folder 16
30.3 – Platessa dentata. Mitchill, 1863

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Folder 17
30.4 – Platessa ferruginea. Storer, 1863

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Folder 18
31.1 – Platessa glabra. Storer, 1863

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Folder 19
31.2 – Platessa oblonga. Dekay, 1863

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Folder 20
[31.2b] – Platessa oblonga, [side of head]. Dekay, 1863

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Folder 21
31.3 – Platessa quadrocellata. Storer, 1863

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Folder 22
31.4 – Pleuronectes maculatus. Mitchill, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_066.jpg

Folder 23
32.1 – Achirus mollis. Cuvier, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_061.jpg

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Folder 24
[32.1b] – Achirus mollis, [left side of head]. Cuvier, 1863

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Folder 25
32.2 – Lumpus anglorum. Will, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_057.jpg
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Folder 26
32.3 – [wrapper for Echeneis albacauda. Mitchill], 1863

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Folder 27
32.4 – Echeneis quatuordecimlaminatus. Storer, 1863

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Folder 28
33.1 – Anguilla bostoniensis. Dekay, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_051.jpg
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Folder 29
33.2 – Ammodytes americanus. Dekay, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_053.jpg

Folder 30
33.3 – Syngnathus peckianus. Storer, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_054.jpg
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Folder 31
33.4 – Hippocampus hudsonius. Dekay, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_056.jpg

Folder 32
33.5 – Tetraodon turgidus. Mitchill, 1863

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Folder 33
34.2 – Orthagoriscus mola. Schneider, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_104.jpg
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Folder 34
35.1 – Monacanthus signifer. Storer, 1863

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Folder 35
35.3 – Lactophrys yalei. Dekay, 1863

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Folder 36
35.4 – Acipenser oxyrinchus. Mitchill, 1863

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_038.jpg
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Folder 37
36.1, a – Carcharias griseus. Ayres, 1867

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_017.jpg

Folder 38
36.2 – Carcharias obscurus. Lesueur, 1867

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Folder 39
36.3 – Carcharias vulpes. Cuvier, 1867

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Folder 40
36.3 – Carcharias vulpes. Cuvier, 1867

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Folder 41
37.1 – Lamna punctata. Storer, 1867

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Folder 42
37.2, a – Mustelus canis. Dekay, 1867

Image:  /archive/images/Storer_Fishes_Plates_022.jpg

Folder 43
38.1, a – Acanthias americanus. Storer, 1867

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Folder 44
38.2, a – Seymnus brevipinna. Dekay, 1867

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Folder 45
38.3, a – Zygaena malleus. Valenciennes, 1867

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Folder 46
38.4, a, b – Petromyzon americanus. Lesueur, 1867

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Folder 47
39.1 – Raia diaphanes. Mitchill, 1867

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Folder 48
39.2 – Raia laevis. Mitchill, 1867

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Folder 49
39.5 – Torpedo occidentalis. Storer, 1867

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Folder 50
39.5 – Torpedo occidentalis. Storer, 1867

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Folder 51
39.6 – Petromyzon nigricans. Lesueur, 1867

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Folder 52
Unidentified, ca. 1853-1867

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Box 3 (oversized and fragile)

Folder 1
36.4 – Carcharias atwoodi. Storer, 1867

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Folder 2
36.4 – Carcharias atwoodi. Storer, 1867

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Folder 3
37.3 – Selachus maximus. Cuvier, 1867

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Folder 4
39.3 – Pastinaca hastate. Dekay, 1867

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Folder 5
08.6 – Crptacanthodes maculatus. Storer, 1853

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Folder 6
[envelope, “Drawings for Dr. Storer’s Fishes”], ca. 1853-1867

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