Falkenbach, Charles H.
Charles H. Falkenbach (1902-1962), who worked for the American Museum of Natural History for 46 years, was a pioneer in systematic stratigraphic vertebrate paleontology and a prolific contributor to the field. He was equally at home on expedition and in the laboratory. In taxonomic studies, colleagues regarded him as a "splitter" whereas he considered himself a "lumper". He was a specialist in creodonts. Falkenbach was born in N.Y.C. on April 1, 1902 and attended city schools. His father Charles and uncle Otto were skilled preparators in the Museum's VP lab and he apprenticed there with them from 1916 to 1920. The next year he joined the Frick Laboratory as a preparator and in 1924 became supervisor of the lab and a field assistant on expeditions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. He retired as Assistant Curator in the Frick Laboratory and Field and Laboratory Associate at the AMNH in 1962. He died July 8, 1962 at his home in Sante Fe, N.M.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Consist of diaries, lists of specimens found, locations of finds, records of day to day activities, and step by step findings. Individual lists can be found with both the Charles H. Falkenbach and Ted Galusha Papers. The diaries are arranged by date and filed as nearly as possible in chronological order. Notable names in the field diaries include H. F. Osborn, Walter Granger, Barnum Brown, and G. G. Simpson.
The field correspondence was written by field workers relaying events during excavations and expeditions. The collection includes department field communications from 1891 to 1969. While Henry Fairfield Osborn was in the department, the letters were addressed primarily to him, but later letters were addressed to others. Notable names in the field correspondence include Walter Granger, Barnum Brown, Ted Galusha, Charles Falkenbach, and G. G. Simpson. The years 1962-1968 are missing.