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Rachel H. Nichols papers

Identifier: VPA 124

Scope and Contents

Rachel H. Nichols served as a cataloger, staff assistant and finally as a scientific assistant and replaced Miss Lucas in charge of the Osborn Library. The records that resulted consist of a great variety of subjects and represent her activities both in some personal enterprises and in her official capacity. Box 1 (1908-1966) contains Osborn Library history, organization, and administrative activity (1908-1962); excerpts from the publication Fossil Vertebrates, vi-xii (1926-1939), v.16-19 (1944-1953), v.20-22 (1954-1966), Preface and Contents (1909-1940); Soc. of VP bibliography and periodicals received at AMNH (1958-1962); list of storage arrangements (1941-1951); and exhibit materials (1940-1966). Box 2 (1932-1957) contains Gift Shop records (1956-1957); dinosaur models (1956-1957); Rachel Husband’s typed master’s thesis titled “A Resume of the Tertiary Mammals in the Kansas University Museum with W. D. Matthew’s notes on certain Kansas Museum specimens (May 26, 1925); exhibits, publication dioramas and photographs (1932-1939), included is an August 15, 1938 instruction correspondence for WPA workers on dioramas.


  • 1908-1966


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

Biographical note

Rachel Husband Nichols (1898-1985) served as a cataloger, staff assistant and was a scientific assistant in charge of the Osborn Library of Vertebrate Paleontology (replacing Miss Lucas) before she retired in 1959 after 35 years of service at the American Museum of Natural History. (source: AMNH Annual Report for the year 1959)


1 Linear Foot (2 boxes)


Chronological within folders.


Historic Call Number: 1:8

Formerly VPA 8

Rachel H. Nichols papers, 1908-1966
Melissa Silvestri, Allyson Mellone, Alana Gishlick, 2021
2021 August
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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

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