FUCHS, Charles

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FUCHS, Charles (1839-1914), born in Germany, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 25 and settled first in New York and later in California. Fuchs was instrumental in the establishment of the Brooklyn Entomological Society in 1872 and the California Entomological Club in 1901 which the following year became the Pacific Coast Entomological Society. He was an enthusiastic collector with what was thought to be the largest collection of Coleoptera in the world in the 1890s. A large part of Fuchs' global collection was lost in the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906. From 1912-1914 Charles Fuchs was curator of the collections in the entomology department of the California Academy of Sciences.



Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs WFVZ July 2, 1893 WFVZ-204499 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3731 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3732 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3733 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3734 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3735 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3736 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3737 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3738 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3739 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3740 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3741 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3742 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3743 Aneides lugubris Herps
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3734 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3745 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.
Farallon Islands Charles Fuchs CAS February 8, 1899 CAS-3746 Aneides lugubris Herps Paratype of Autodax lugubris farallonensis Van Denburgh, 1905. Lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906.



In the News~

May 6, 1890 [SFCall]: “At the meeting of the Academy of Sciences last evening Charles Fuchs and C. H. Eigemann were elected members.”


October 23, 1892 [SFChronicle]: “A meeting of the California Entomological Society was held yesterday in assembly hall of the State Board of Horticulture, 220 Sutter Street, with President Ehrhorn of Mountain View in the chair and Alexander Craw as secretary. The following well-known entomologists were present and were elected members by acclamation: Professor H. H. Behr, Dr. J. J. Rivers, Charles Fuchs...”


November 20, 1892 [SFChronicle]: “The average man is not a lover of bugs, and to the average man in the greater part of the members of the insect world pass for bugs. But Charles Fuchs is not a specimen of the average man, but an entomologist with a bobby, and his hobby is the collection of beetles, while he would repudiate the average man who should designate them as bugs. He calls them Colepotera, but beetles will do. In his rooms on the upper floor of 212 Kearney Street Mr. Fuchs keeps his collection of over 60,000 specimens, of all shapes, sizes, colors and descriptions, gathered from the four quarters of the world and the islands of the sea. Here they are in closets and boxes, on shelves and tables, and the walls are covered with cases filled with them, while their owner sits and works, contented in his collection... ”


August 18, 1895 [SFCall]: “The largest private collection of beetles and bugs in the United States is owned by Professor Charles Fuchs of this City. He has over 75,000 of these creatures stored carefully away in his rooms at 212 Kearney Street. Professor Fuchs is recognized by all scientific men as the greatest living entomologist. He has been recognized by various European scientific institutions, and the British Museum has on various occasions solicited his services. It has been a work of a lifetime to accumulate the cast number of specimens possessed by the professor. France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Central America and the United States have been visited by this great entomologist in his search for rare insects...”


May 24, 1905 [LAT]: “Charles Fuchs, a naturalist residing in Visalia, has just returned from an expedition to the Mojave Desert, with a rare collection of beetles, snakes and lizards, gathered for the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.”


February 20, 1910 [LAT]: “...Prof. Charles Fuchs of the University of California is another steady contributor to the beetle trade, and numerous other members of the Pacific Coast entomological association draw down tidy sums for their various finds...”


July 26, 1910 [SFCall]: “Prof. Charles Fuchs increases University collection. Berkeley, July 25.—An extended trip through the mountains and out of the way places of Sonoma county has resulted in the capture by Prof. Charles Fuchs, in charge of the entomological collection at the university, of a number of unique insects which have never before been classified. The tiny bugs have not as yet been sorted and arranged in the university collection, but Professor Fuchs believes that several of the specimens will prove of great worth to entomologists.”