Skip to main content

Department of Vertebrate Paleontology departmental records: requisitions and specimens loans

Identifier: VPA 3

Scope and Contents

The Department of Vertebrate Paleontology began as a new department of the American Museum of Natural History with the arrival of Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857-1935) as curator in 1891. The years following are marked with substantial collection activity and growth.

Early records of the Department of Paleontology were deposited at different times and in separate groupings, consisting of requisition records, and specimens borrowed, loaned and returned. Files have overlapping dates with duplicated records that may have come from a secretary's file in the department office or a department chairman's office. Box 1 (1926-1928), Box 2 (1929-1931), Box 3 (1931-1933), Box 4 (1932-1934), Box 5 (1934-1936), Box 6 (1936-1938), Box 7 (1939-1941), Box 8 (1942-1943). Box 9 (1903-1909) consists of listings and receipts of specimens borrowed, loaned and returned.


  • 1903-1943


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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


4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)


Arranged by date and subject matter, and chronologically within each subject.


Historic Call Number: 1:3

American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology departmental records: requisitions and specimens loans, 1903-1943
Melissa Silvestri, Allyson Mellone, Alana Gishlick, 2021
2021 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Minimal level collection record created with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America grant, 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192