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Department of Vertebrate Paleontology collection of historic materials

Identifier: VPA 10

Scope and Contents

Various collections of historical materials from the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology have been gathered by different departmental members. The sources are unclear as well as the purposes. However, they have been inventoried and where appropriate, catalogued. This listing has been arranged more for suitability of storage than for relationship of the items. Box 1 contains 7 folders, including manuscripts, news articles, fossil pictures, cartoons, caricatures, and other miscellaneous materials; Box A contains 3 microfilm reels of articles regarding the specimens in the National Museum of Natural History to 1972; Box B contains photomicrograph glass plate negatives, slides, and prints of dinosaur tendons, teeth, and sections; 2 packages consist of plates of fossil plants, pictorial charts, and news clippings; and oversize boxes contain a collection of cartoons, caricatures, paintings, Christmas cards, posters, invitations, and miscellaneous items dealing with or used by the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at Christmas Luncheons 1912-1931.


  • 1898-1972


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Conditions Governing Access

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


3 Linear Feet (1 box, 2 oversized boxes, 2 small boxes, 2 packages)


Miscellaneous. Arranged for storage (i.e. oversize)


Historic Call Number: 1:7/2:1

American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology collection of historic materials, 1898-1972
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

200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192