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Alexander Klots Papers

Identifier: 1991-0051

Scope and Content Note

Collection is comprised of correspondence (mostly scientific), military files, publication files for A Field Guide to Butterflies, research and field notes, and photographs.


  • undated, circa 1900-1979


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


American entomologist and lepidopterist Alexander Barrett Klots was born on December 12, 1903 in New York City. He attended the Trinity School in New York City and the Blair Academy in New Jersey before beginning his studies at Dartmouth. However, focusing most of his time outdoors and not on his studies Klots left Dartmouth, only to enroll at Yale shortly thereafter. Here Klots was able to study for three years before again leaving to pursue graduate studies at Cornell University. Yet despite not having received a bachelors degree from Yale, Klots continued to study at Cornell receiving a master's degree, and in 1931 his Ph.D. After receiving his degree he began teaching at Wards Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York, then owned by the University of Rochester. In 1927 he married Elsie Broughton.

In 1934 Klots was offered a position in the biology department at the City College of New York, where he would go on to teach for the next 31 years, retiring as an Emeritus Professor in 1965. Dr. Klots devoted his life to the study of butterflies or lepidopterology. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Butterflies of North America, East of the Great Plains, and many other scientific and popular works.

During his career he served as a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History and was a past president of the New York Entomological Society and of the International Lepidopterists Society. He was a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and of the Linnean Society of London. Alexander Klots died April 18, 1989.

A more complete biography can be found through the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, at


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Papers of American entomologist and lepidopterist Alexander Barrett Klots comprised of correspondence, military files, publication files for A Field Guide to Butterflies, research and field notes, and photographs.

Provenance and Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Related Material

The majority of Klot's specimens are at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. A small number are in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Klot's 35mm transparancies are at the Connecticut State Musem of Natural History, University of Connecticut.

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