American Museum of Natural History. North Asiatic Mammals (Hall)

Show/Hide All Variant Names

Exist Dates

1939 - approximately 1968-1971

Biographical or Historical Note

abstract
Permanent exhibition. Opened 1939 and closed approximately 1968-1971. Located Floor 2, Section 5. North Asiatic Mammals (Hall) at the American Museum of Natural History was created to cover mammals found north of the Himalayas, including Tibet, Afghanistan, Mongolia and Siberia (1, 1939, p. 105) and was a companion hall to the South Asiatic Mammal Hall, now the Hall of Asian Mammals. The hall was on exhibit from 1939, but never completed, and in 1946 it shared a space with the Corner Gallery, which showcased temporary exhibits. The Third (Rainey) Asiatic Expedition (1918-1919), the Morden-Clark Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History (1926) and the Morden-Graves Asiatic Expedition (1929-1930) collected material for the hall. Expedition members included William J. Morden, George Coe Graves, Roy Chapman Andrews, George Goodwin, and James L. Clark, who designed the hall (2, 1924, p. 11; 2, 1926, p. 25; 2, 1929, p. 71; 2, 1931, p. 9-10).

The Hall of North Asiatic Mammals included two complete habitat dioramas, the Siberian Tiger and the Giant Panda. An intended third group, the Saiga Antelope was being prepared, but there is no documentation that it was ever completed or exhibited (1, 1953, p. 145). By 1946, the North Asiatic Hall shared a space with the Corner Gallery (1, 1947, p. 113; 2, 1946/47, p. 17). One of the giant panda specimens and both Siberian tigers have been on view in the endangered species exhibit in the Hall of Biodiversity since 1998 (3).

Sources

    (1) General Guide to the Exhibition Halls of the American Museum of Natural History. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1939-1953.
    (2) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1924-1946/47.
    (3) American Museum of Natural History, "Hall of Asian Mammals." American Museum of Natural History, accessed June 26, 2017, http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/mammal-halls/hall-of-asian-mammals.
    Information for the hall appears in the following Museum publications:
    American Museum of Natural History Annual Reports for years: 1924 (page 11); 1925 (page 18); 1926 (page 25); 1927 (page 15); 1928 (page 26); 1929 (page 9, 71); 1930 (page 38, 41, 47); 1931 (page 10, 32); 1932 (page 58, 62); 1933 (page 6, 17); 1935 (page 12, 15); 1936 (page 53, 104); 1937 (page 5, 17); 1938 (page 50); 1939 (page 9, 41); 1940 (page 39); 1941 (page 43); 1961 (page 38)
    American Museum of Natural History General Guides for years: 1939 (page 17, 105); 1943 (page 17, 113, 115); 1945 (page 17, 113); 1947 (page 17, 113); 1949 (page 17, 113); 1953 (page 145); 1956 (page 151); 1958 (page 153); 1962 (page 12, 43); 1964 (page 12, 43)
    American Museum of Natural History Pictorial Guide 1967.

Terms

place
New YorkExternal link
AMNH: Floor 2, Section 5.

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

Clark, James L. (James Lippitt) 1883-1969
Led Morden-Clark Expedition (1926), which collected and studied material for the hall (2, 1927, p. 15-16).
Corner Gallery
Shared space with the Corner Gallery approximately 1946-1971 (1, 1947, p. 113; 2, 1946/47, p. 17).
Goodwin, George C
Member of Morden-Graves Expedition (1929-1930), which collected and studied material for the hall (2, 1927, p. 15-16).
Hall of Asian Mammals
Companion hall
Morden, William James 1886-1958
Led Morden-Clark Expedition (1926) and Morden-Graves Expedition (1929-1930), which collected and studied material for the hall (2, 1927, p. 15-16).
Morden-Clark Asiatic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History (1926)
Expedition which collected and studied material for the hall (2, 1927, p. 15-16).
Morden-Graves Asiatic Expedition
Expedition which collected and studied material for the hall (2, 1927, p. 15-16).
Rainey Asiatic Expedition 1918-1919
Expedition which collected and studied material for the hall (2, 1924, p. 11-12).

Related Resources

subjectOf
Historic Halls of the American Museum of Natural History
Curated digital images of permanent halls in the American Museum of Natural History Library, Digital Special Collections.

Written by: Clare O'Dowd
Last modified: 2018 December 7


Export

Content negotiation supports the following types: text/html, application/xml, application/tei+xml, application/vnd.google-earth.kml+xml, application/rdf+xml, application/json, text/turtle

Return to top

amnhc_4000076http://data.library.amnh.org/archives-authorities/org:Organizationosm