Skip to main content

Stout, Gardner D.



  • Existence: 1903-04-21 - 1984-01-16


Gardner D. Stout was a banker and amateur ornithologist who was a trustee, 1959-1964, and president, 1968-1975, of the American Museum of Natural History. Stout worked as an investment banker until his retirement in 1968, when he took the unpaid post of AMNH president. He also served as secretary (1964-1967), and vice president (1967-1968), and was a field associate in ornithology. Stout was chairman of the executive committee of the National Audubon Society from 1946 to 1959, and was editor of The shorebirds of North America, published in 1967. With his wife, Clare, a malacologist and photographer, Stout made numerous trips to study birds and other wildlife, contributing both specimens and film footage to the museum's collections. (source: AMNH Mss .S76)

Under Stout, three new halls were opened: Hall of Man and Africa, Hall of Mexico and Central America, and Peoples of the Pacific. The Hall of Mollusks was conceived during his administration. The Natural Science Center and the People Center were popular teaching areas inaugurated during his term. The Frick Wing, housing fossil mammals was constructed during his term as well. Stout served as President Emeritus and honorary trustee until his death in 1984.


Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

American Museum of Natural History Centennial Celebration papers, 1964-1972

Identifier: DR 041-044
Scope and content

Papers related to the American Museum of Natural History's Centennial Celebration, held April 9, 1969: development, research, financial records and correspondence, press kits, convocation materials, and files of Garnder Stout, President of the Museum at the time of the Centennial Celebration. Also includes entries for the "Windows on the World" essay contest submitted by elementary and college students.

Dates: 1964 - 1972

Lerner Marine Laboratory papers

Identifier: DR 088-089
Scope and Contents The Lerner Marine Laboratory (LML) collection at the American Museum of Natural History contains documents, photographs, and clippings documenting the history of the lab from 1947-1977. Important elements of the collection include correspondence to and from key staff members; files on conferences, symposiums, meetings, and ceremonies; information about financial contributors; general paperwork; photographs of the lab, employees, and visitors; publicity documents and correspondence regarding...
Dates: 1947-1977; Majority of material found within 1948-1975

The Stouts in Africa

Identifier: Film Collection no. 280
Scope and Contents

Traveling to sites in Kenya, such as the Shima Hills, Tsavo River, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru, Gardner D. Stout, AMNH President from 1968 to 1975, and his wife, Clare, filmed many birds and mammals indigenous to the area. There is extensive, well-photographed footage of the birds and mammals of the region.

Dates: 1972

Additional filters:

Department Records 3
Administrative 2
Public relations 2
Publications 2
Bimini Islands (Bahamas) 1