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William Perry Hay Papers

Identifier: MS Group 007

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence, zoological drawings and papers, and copies of articles. Letters were received by Hay from scientists in the United States, Germany, and France. Some of the correspondence, ca. 1905-06, relates to the Washington Biological Society of which Hay was an officer. Crustacea, especially crayfish, is the predominant subject matter of the papers. Correspondents include A. E. Ortmann, M. J. Rathbun, R. Ridgeway, W. B. Scott, Thomas Stebbing, G. L. Swiggett, and Hay's father Oliver Perry Hay. Some correspondence is also addressed to the elder Hay.


  • Creation: 1885-1937



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Zoologist and educator William Perry Hay (1871-1947) was born in Eureka, IL, on Dec. 8, 1872. His father was paleontologist Oliver Perry Hay (1846-1930). He was educated at Butler University (B.S., '91; MS. '92). Instructor of Zoology, Central High School, Washington, D.C., 1892-1898; head, Dept. of Biology, Washington high schools, 1898-1900; professor of natural history, Howard University, 1900-1908; head, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry, Washington high schools, 1908-1931; instructor of biology, McKinley High School (Washington?), 1931-1934. Also assistant in zoology, George Washington University, and lecturer, Georgetown U. (ca. 1907?). Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fisheries Society, National Geographic Society, Washington Academy of Sciences, Washington Biological Society (vp, 1907), Washington Entomological Society, Washington Biological Field Club (pres., 1903). Fields of research: Life history and relations of North American crustacea, and Astacidae of North America. (Source: American Men of Science, 8th edition, 1949.)


0.4 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Includes correspondence, copies of articles, and zoological drawings and miscellaneous papers of zoologist and educator William Perry Hay.


The bulk of the papers is correspondence. Although the correspondence is described in alphabetical order by writer, the letters are filed chronologically. Correspondence, therefore, should be requested by date.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of the University of Florida Biology Department, ca. 1948.

Alternate Form of Material

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A Guide to the William Perry Hay Papers
Finding aid created by Frank Orser
August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America