Department of Herpetology
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
John Treadwell Nichols papers
Identifier: Mss .N531-N532
Scope and Content note The records consist mostly of the journals Nichols kept during his life. The journals record wildlife observed on his travels overseas, but the bulk of the entries are devoted to Nichols’ observations in Central Park, on the Museum grounds, and in his home at Long Island. His desk diaries consist of notes on sources and information collected for Nichols’ books, mostly his book on fresh-water fish from China. Generally, these entries have a line or two devoted to the duties and office...
Dates: 1888-1989; Majority of material found within 1890-1958
James Arthur Oliver papers
Identifier: DR 125-125A
Scope and Contents The collection consists primarily of administrative papers from the years 1959-1969 when Oliver was director of the AMNH. The files were arranged arranged alphabetically by subject, most likely by Oliver's secretary, and have been kept in their original order. A typewritten Guide to the file cabinet was found in box 1. Some miscellaneous files from the last box were interfiled. Most of the material is typewritten or printed matter, but there is a handwritten signed letter from explorer Roy...
Preparation Molds for Exhibits
Identifier: Mem 306
Scope and Contents Molds for exhibits were created and used to prepare the models that compose the exhibits of the American Museum of Natural history, approximately from 1889 to the 1990s, first by the science departments and then by the Department Exhibition and its different iterations. Models were meant to reproduce existing and extinct animal specimens, humans and cultural artifacts, insects and plant life. The types of mold that can be found in this grouping provide insight on the methods employed to...
Dates: Usage: circa 1889-1990s