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Papers of Paul A. Opler

 Collection
Identifier: UOPL

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Paul A. Opler consists of documents dated 1874 to 2014, with the bulk falling from 1980 to 2000. The materials are related to his research and work in the study of Lepidoptera. Materials include publications, drafts, galleys, logs, and audiovisual materials. A significant portion of the collection consists of material written or researched by collaborator Charles Slater and appears in its own series.

Dates

  • 1874-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1980-2000

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biography

Paul Opler is a semi-retired professor of entomology in the Agricultural Biology department at Colorado State University (CSU). He is also the assistant director of the C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity at CSU.

Paul Opler received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. from California State University, San Jose. After returning from Costa Rica where he did his postdoctoral research, he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. In 1983, Opler transferred to Fort Collins where he was the section chief at the Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Research. Subsequently he served as a faculty affiliate with the Entomology Department beginning in 1987 and was appointed professor with the Department of Bioagricultural Science and Pest Management in 1997. He has authored over 200 books and papers on Lepidoptera.

Opler is married to Evi Buckner-Opler, with whom he has collaborated in classes, presentations, and Lepidoptera photography and observations.

Extent

13.5 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Paul Opler is a semi-retired professor of entomology in the Agricultural Biology department at Colorado State University (CSU). He is also the assistant director of the C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity on campus. Opler has authored over 200 books and papers on Lepidoptera. Materials include publications, drafts, galleys, logs, and audiovisual materials.

Arrangement

Each box transferred by Opler retains its original contents and order.

The collection consists of 4 series in 12 boxes:

Series 1: Publications and drafts, 1874, 1961-2014 and undated

Subseries 1.1: Moths of Western North America, 2003-2014 and undated

Subseries 1.2: Field Guide to Western Butterflies, 1998 and undated

Subseries 1.3: Opler miscellaneous publications and drafts, 1961-2012 and undated

Subseries 1.4: Miscellaneous publications, 1874, 1981-1997, 2003-2006 and undated

Series 2: Charles Slater, 1889, 1960-2007 and undated

Series 3: Subject files, 1942, 1961-2006 and undated

Series 4: Motion picture films, undated

Acquisition

The Papers of Paul A. Opler was donated by Paul Opler to the University Archive in 2013 and 2014.

Processing

Processing was completed in August 2017. The collection was minimally processed with most materials remaining in their original folders. Metal fasteners were not replaced except when they were not functional. The collection was reboxed in archival record cartons. One box was reviewed for the presence of mold and was deemed clean.

Title
Guide to the Papers of Paul A. Opler
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Date
Copyright 2017
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
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