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T. Donald Carter photographic print collection

Identifier: PPC .C37

Scope and Contents

The T. Donald Carter photo print collection includes prints from his AMNH expeditions to Roraima, Indo-China, West China and Abyssinia. Also included are two boxes of personal and family photographs. Some of the images are captioned on the verso. Personal and family photographs which were mounted may have descriptive captions on the back.


  • 1927-1934


Access Conditions and Restrictions

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 (AMNH): 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 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.


2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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Source of Acquisition

Personal and family photographs were a gift of Patricia Ammon Kissinger, 1991. Field photographs were a 1996/1997 gift.


Fair. The scrapbook is deteriorating. Images pasted inside are fading. Boxes 4 and 5 contain prints that were flattened and mounted by Conservation, April 2011.

Related Materials

AMNH Library Special Collections has Carter’s papers and correspondence, field books 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 field books and negatives of 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.

Separated Materials

Nitrate negatives found with the prints were removed from this collection and housed in cold storage. Negatives were re-sleeved and numbered sequentially with TDC 001, etc. Corresponding prints were labeled on the back with the TDC negative number and moved to the Photographic Prints Collection. With the exception of the Day Roraima Expedition negatives, all the negatives are individually numbered. Other efforts to index this collection were apparent, but because no order could be discerned this new convention was implemented.

Included in the Negative collection is a Kodak Negative Album for the Indo China Expedition. The negatives were removed and re-sleeved, however the album includes original captions and content descriptions. Some (not all) of the data was transferred to the new sleeves, and “negative album” is indicated on those sleeves. The original album remains in Box 3.

Physical Description

The collection consists of black and white loose and mounted photo prints, one scrapbook, and one booklet for storing negatives. Some groups of prints have been wrapped in tissue and labeled.

T. Donald Carter photographic print collection, 1927-1934
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Richard Fischer
May 1, 2011
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This collection was made available as part of a project funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, 2011-2012.

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
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