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T. Donald Carter photographic negative collection

Identifier: NNC .C37

Scope and Content Note

The T. Donald Carter photographic negative collection includes negatives from his AMNH expeditions to Indochina, Abyssinia and Roraima.


  • circa 1927-1931


Access Conditions and Restrictions Note

Requests to use the collection should be made in advance to the Senior Special Collections Librarian, who may be contacted at 212-769-5420 or at [email protected]

Biographical Note

T. Donald Carter was a zoologist at the American Museum of Natural History: research assistant 1920- and assistant curator 1944-1960, AMNH Dept. of Mammalogy. T. Donald Carter played an important role in the development of the Asian, African, and North American Halls. Carter was an assistant at the New York Zoological Society, 1913-1916. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and spent a year with the Pigeon Service of the Signal Corps. After his retirement in 1960, Carter raised wild ducks and other birds at his 136-acre home in Kinnelon, N.J., near Boonton.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes )

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Arrangement Note

The Negative Collection is arranged by expedition, in chronological order. The original order of the negatives was not always ascertainable, and they have re-numbered with as much attention as possible given to original order. The negatives have been given item numbers identified sequentially with the leader “TDC”. Corresponding prints in the Photographic Print Collection have been noted with these assigned negative numbers.

Source of Acquisition Note

1996/1997 gift.

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Related Materials Note

AMNH Library Special Collections has Carter’s papers and correspondence, field books and photographic prints from various expeditions, one box of Carter's lantern slides in the Lantern Slide collection; also Carter's lantern slide projector and one box of objects dating from his time in the U.S. Army in the Memorabilia collection.

Carter’s papers, field books and field photographs are located as separate archival collections in Special Collections.

Prints from the Legendre Indo-China Expedition 1931-1932 are available in the Sidney Jennings Collection, Call Number: PPC .L64.

Physical Description Note

The collection consists of nitrate negatives.

T. Donald Carter photographic negative collection, circa 1927-1931
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Richard T. Fischer
May 2011
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Finding aid created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.
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Information for this finding aid expanded on the original catalog record written by Ann Herendeen, 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024 USA
(212) 769-5420