Chester A. Reeds Mongolia Studies papers
Scope and Content
Eleven folders containing drafts of chapters appearing in vol. 1 of Natural History of Central Asia, as well as correspondence between Reeds and other authors of the book regarding the content of the volume from 1932, which was eventually published in 1938. This collection includes correspondence between Reeds and his co-authors as well as drafts of chapters that would eventually appear in the published volume. Material of note includes notes from Dr. Amadeus W. Grabau that propose the theory that humans migrated to the Americas from Siberia (folder 1) written in 1932.
- Reeds, Chester A. (Chester Albert), 1882-1968 (Editor, Person)
Access Conditions and Restrictions
Requests to use the collection should be made in advance to the Special Collections Librarian, who may be contacted at 212-769-5420 or at [email protected]
This collection contains editorial process for the publication of volume 1 of Natural History of Central Asia. This series of very thick books ran for twelve volumes (though only six were published) and detailed the research and findings of the Central Asiatic Expeditions in Mongolia and China conducted by the American Museum of Natural History in the 1920s. It promoted the scientific findings of the expeditions to a wider audience outside of the natural sciences and history community and made them accessible to the general public. These papers date to 1932 and all pertain to volume 1 of Natural History of Central Asia, namely Chester A. Reeds’s work as one of the editors of the volume.
See also Central Asiatic Expeditions (1921-1930).
Chester Albert Reeds (1882-1968) was a geologist and museum curator. Born on July 20, 1882 in La Cygne, Kansas, Reeds spent various parts of his childhood moving around the Midwestern United States. He later went to the University of Oklahoma, majoring in geology and playing on the football team. Reeds received his degree in 1907, then went on to Yale for his Master’s (1907) and Doctorate (1910). After teaching at Bryn Mawr, he proceeded to his post at the American Museum of Natural History; officially employed as of August 1, 1912, he remained at the Museum until his retirement on April 15, 1938.
Reeds’s fields of investigation were geology and invertebrate paleontology. He was hired as the Assistant Curator of the Department of Geology and Invertebrate Paleontology, became Associate Curator as of January 1, 1918 (appointed 12/19/1917), and eventually became Curator on January 3, 1927 Reeds also served as the editor for Division I of the AMNH Publication Committee, and in this capacity he oversaw publications when they involved geology and paleontology. Reeds passed away in Ghent, New York, at the age of 86 on October 4, 1968.
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Language of Materials
Eleven folders containing drafts of chapters appearing in vol. 1 of Natural History of Central Asia, as well as correspondence between Reeds and other authors of the book regarding the content of the volume from 1932.
Eleven folders in one archival box. One series.
Source of Acquisition
2009 gift of Anne Brakman.
Appears to be in relatively good condition, although some papers have worn/damaged edges and show signs of water damage. There is also some rust residue from previously used paper clips.
11 folders of typescript and handwritten notes related to the Central Asiatic Expedition.
- Allen, Glover M. (Glover Morrill), 1879-1942 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Central Asiatic Expeditions (1921-1930)
- Granger, Walter, 1872-1941 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Manuscript Collection
- Natural history -- China
- Natural history -- Mongolia
- Pope, Clifford H. (Clifford Hillhouse), 1899-1974 (Correspondent) -- Correspondence
- Chester A. Reeds Mongolia Studies papers, 1932
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- The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Finding aid created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2012.
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- Information for this finding aid expanded on the original catalog record written by Ann Herendeen, 2004.
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