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Matthew, William Diller, 1871-1930

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: February 17, 1871 - September 24, 1930

Biography

William Diller Matthew was a vertebrate paleontologist and geologist. Matthew joined the American Museum of Natural History in 1895 as an assistant in the Dept. of Vertebrate Paleontology, eventually becoming curator in 1911. At the death of E.O. Hovey in 1924, Matthew was appointed acting curator of the Dept. of Geology. In 1927 Matthew went to the University of California as professor of paleontology and curator of the paleontological museum.

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Central Asiatic Expeditions records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss .C446
Scope and Contents This collection is a record of the Museum’s explorations undertaken during the 1920s in the Gobi Desert under the leadership of Roy Chapman Andrews. A list of the men who participated in the CAE can be culled from the expeditions’ letterheads used by museum personnel in New York. All but three of the men cited on these letterheads are represented here. Those not found are Mont Reid, a physician, James Wang, an interpreter and G. Horwath of motor transport. The variety of other correspondents...
Dates: 1916-1940; Majority of material found within 1921-1933

Department of Vertebrate Paleontology general correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: VPA 105
Scope and Contents Department of Vertebrate Paleontology correspondence from 1887-1966, alphabetized by subject or author. Hundreds of scientists worldwide are represented by correspondence and include Alexander Agassiz, Glover M. Allen, Florentino Ameghino, Erwin H. Barbour, Franz Boas, Stephen F. Borhegyi, Robert Broom, Barnum Brown, Hermon C. Bumpus, Edwin H. Colbert, Thomas Alva Edison, Childs Frick, Walter Granger, William T. Gregory, Claude W. Hibbard, D.A. Hooijer, William T. Hornaday, Remington...
Dates: 1887-1966

Editorship of Division I papers, 1924

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 34
Identifier: Mss .H682
Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding Hovey's appointment as Editor of the Publications of Division I and other editorial matters. Minutes of the Committee on Publication.

Dates: 1924

William King Gregory papers, 1889-1948 (bulk 1906-1948)

 Collection
Identifier: Mss .G7441
Scope and Contents The collection consists of administrative, scientific, academic and personal papers, and correspondence. Papers include Gregory's general correspondence with universities, colleges and scientists about his research topics and publications; correspondence with museums about purchasing replicas of fossils; and with students seeking employement. Other papers include lecture notes prepared for zoology classes emphasizing evolution, 1925-1926 and 1939; and manuscripts and notes for his...
Dates: 1889-1948; Majority of material found within 1906-1948

William Diller Matthew papers

 Collection
Identifier: VPA 122
Scope and Contents William Diller Matthew's notebooks, notes, correspondence and manuscripts. He worked at the AMNH for thirty-two years. His more than 250 publications deal with the morphology and classification of the Eocene mammals and later Cenozoic mammals. He was especially interested in horses and he made them a showpiece of evolution. Evolution was the one theme on which he constantly wrote whether dealing with descriptions or comparisons. Box 1 contains biographical and bibliographic materials, Boxes...
Dates: 1893-1927

William Diller Matthew papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss .M338
Dates: 1922-1926; Majority of material found within ( 1925-1926)

Proposed gallery for Hall of Geology, 1922-1924

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 6
Identifier: Mss .H682
Scope and Contents

Primarily correspondence to and from George H. Sherwood regarding a proposed gallery for the Hall of Geology and Invertebrate Paleontology. Also contains memoranda of committee meeting.

Dates: 1922-1924

Chester Reeds papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS .R44
Summary

2 boxes containing 52 folders of correspondence, typescript, handwritten notes, and printed images (maps, illustrations, etc.), most of which relates to the September-October 1926 issue of Natural History entitled The Romance of Fossil Hunting.

Dates: 1924-1930; Majority of material found in 1926

Tylosaurus dyspelor [art original] / [Charles R. Knight]

 Collection
Identifier: Floor 1, Stack 1-11
Scope and Contents The top illustration, by Charles Knight, was reproduced in Henry Fairfield Osborn's article entitled: A complete mosasaur skeleton, osseous and cartilaginous, issued as Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 1, pt. 4 (Oct. 1899), on page 186. The bottom illustration is a variation of the illustration on that same page and was based on drawings by W.D. Matthew and Bruce Horsfall under Osborn's direction. Published illustrations lack textual labels of the animal's parts....
Dates: 1899?