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Frick Laboratory



  • Existence: 1920 - 1965

General Context

Frick Laboratory was established by Childs Frick in the American Museum of Natural History. Frick hired collectors and preparators to work on mammalian fossils that were his primary interest.

Initially the arrangement with the museum was informal, but it got formalized in 1937. The understanding was that the museum was going to provide space for the Frick Laboratory and the Frick Collection of fossils and that some of the fossils might be donated to the museum from time to time.

In 1934 an additional location at Millstone Laboratory on the Frick estate in Roslyn, Long Island was added to the space at the museum and from that point on, the Frick Laboratory existed in both locations simultaneously.

The laboratory was run by Childs Frick through the Childs Frick Corporation that was created around 1932.

After Childs Frick's death in 1965 the fossils were donated to the museum and the Frick Laboratory was dissolved and employees were incorporated into the staff of the museum.


Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Series 2: Administrative, 1930-1980

Scope and Contents From the Collection: Collection includes Beryl E. Taylor's professional papers from working in the Frick Laboratory, specializing in deer and cameloid fossils of North America. Box 1 contains biographical data, and DVP/Frick Laboratory administrative materials such as memos, meeting notes, and grant applications. Box 2 contains correspondence. Box 3 contains published papers and indices by Taylor. Box 4 contains research notes and unpublished papers, primarily on deer species. Box 5 also contains notes and data...
Dates: 1930-1980

Vertebrate Paleontology photographic slides

Identifier: PSC 95
Scope and Contents

Slides of dinosaur illustrations and Frick Laboratory storage area with dinosaur fossils in the American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Dates: 1993, undated