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Series 3: Specimen casts and reproductions, 1900-1970

Identifier: VPA 103

Scope and Contents

The department's casts and reproductions production was managed as part of the Fossil Preparation lab, which undertakes the preparation of specimens for research and study. The collection is a compilation of records that document sales and exchanges with domestic and foreign institutions and cast information on parts available for reconstruction, includes some photographs. The dates of the transactions are as early as 1900 and as late as 1970. The collection may have originated from Rachel Nichols' office.

Box 1 (1900-1970) contains cast files for reproductions and sale exchanges of domestic and foreign specimens. Folder 7 holds a bird catalog for the Frick Collection of Fossil Birds, titled "Frick Laboratory Specimens in The American Museum of Natural History, Catalogued by T. M. Stout, Completed August,1945."

Box 2 (1920-1966) contains cast files for reproductions and restorations for a range of specimens, dentitions of Mesozoic mammals (1957-1960), Baluchitheirum (n.d.), Dinosaurs (1928-1941), Dinornithiformes (1948-1951), Dryopithecus (1937-1939), Gorgosaurus (1920-1954), Moropus (1929-1950), and Plesippus (n.d.).


  • 1900-1970

Language of Materials

From the Collection:


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed in the Division of Paleontology. Please contact the collection manager for access; materials are sometimes restricted.


1 Linear Foot (2 boxes)


Alphabetical within folders.


Based on Ruth Sternfeld's historic finding aid, Binder 2.

Historic Call Number: 1:8

Formerly VPA 11

Repository Details

Part of the Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192