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Paul W. Handy Papers, 1968-1996

By Anne Keech

Collection Overview

Title: Paul W. Handy Papers, 1968-1996

ID: MSS Handy

Primary Creator: Handy, Paul W.

Extent: 0.03 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Paul W. Handy Papers consists of 21 letters sent to him by fellow lepidopterists. Handy was an avid collector of butterflies, first in Arizona and later in the Pacific Northwest. The majority of the collection includes replies to letters Handy sent to experts, in which he sought advice regarding reference materials and resources, as well as help in identifying some of the specimens in his collection.

Scope and Content Notes

The Paul W. Handy Papers consists of 21 letters from fellow lepidopterists, primarily from those with an interest in the butterflies of the Pacific Northwest. Several letters pertain to Handy’s earlier interest in and collections of Arizona butterflies.

In Arizona, Handy received letters from Floyd G. Werner, an entomology professor at the University of Arizona and entomologist, Kilian Roever. After moving to Washington State, he corresponded with Woodruff Benson, a zoology professor from the University of Washington, and became acquainted with Pacific Northwest lepidopterists, E. J. Newcomer (Lepidopterist’s Society), Robert Michael Pyle (Xerces Society), John Hinchliff, and Don Rolfs. Other letters were sent by the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University and the Mt. Adams Ranger District.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Paul W. Handy was an avid lepidopterist and corresponded with other butterfly collectors in the Pacific Northwest. He was born in 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1958 and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife department as a fisheries biologist and hatchery manager. Around 1968, while living in White River, Arizona, Handy became interested in butterfly collecting, a hobby he continued to pursue after he was transferred a short time later to Vancouver, Washington.

Author: Anne Keech

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The Paul W. Handy Papers were originally part of a donation to the Oregon State Arthropod Collection by his son, Patrick Handy, and were transferred to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2015 by the Integrative Biology Department.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center has many collections that document lepidoptery and entomology at Oregon State University including the Entomology Department Records (RG 027), Ernst J. Dornfeld Papers (MSS Dornfeld), Ken Gray Photograph Collection (P 256) and Jon Shepard Papers (MSS ShepardJ).

Preferred Citation: Paul W. Handy Papers (MSS Handy), Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.


Handy, Paul W.

People, Places, and Topics

Butterflies - Arizona
Butterflies - Oregon
Butterflies - Washington (State)
Insects--Collection and preservation
Natural Resources

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