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E. Thomas and Margaret Fitzell Tifft Gilliard collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-17.0007

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters, personal papers, manuscripts, books, maps, and artifacts from E. Thomas and Margaret Fitzell Tifft Gilliard. The letters are from before, during, and after World War II between friends and family of Thomas and Margaret. The bulk of the letters include correspondence with Therese "Teddy" "Butchi" Waelchli, Thomas's aunt. The personal papers are official military documents, non-military documents, and notes. There are family photographs, photographs taken while Thomas served with the 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division,  in the Pacific Campaign, and photographs from the many scientific expeditions they took.

Dates

  • 1919-1991
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/08/2017

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

E. (Ernest) Thomas Gilliard served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. He trained at Camp Van Dorn in Mississippi with the 63rd Infantry Regiment and at Camp Beale in California before he was sent to serve in New Guinea and the Philippines. Before, during, and after the war, his career was as an ornithologist, naturalist, and anthropologist, working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He conducted research on the indigenous peoples, birds, and plants in New Guinea and the Philippines. Before the war, he attended Deep Springs School in California and The Park School. Gilliard organized and conducted research expeditions to Venezuela, the Amazon Rain Forest, and Brazil. His wife, Margaret Fitzell Tifft Gilliard, also conducted research with her husband after the war. Both have multiple publications written by and about their research.

More information on E. Thomas Gilliard can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Thomas_Gilliard.

Extent

12 boxes

6 items (6 books)

6 items (6 maps)

1 items (1 oversized book)

Language of Materials

English

Custodial History

This collection was donated by Suzanne Gilliard Porter. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on June 8, 2017.

Related Materials

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, in the Ornithology Department archives, has E. Thomas Gilliard papers, approximately 15 linear feet of material.  You can find more information on the AMNH holdings following these links: - http://hdl.handle.net/2246/6279 - http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1139100 - http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1140181 - http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1139631 - http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1138733

Processing Information

Revised 8/21/2017.  Entered 8/18/2017.

Title
E. Thomas and Margaret Fitzell Tifft Gilliard collection
Author
Mallory McGovern
Date
May 10, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository