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Department of Vertebrate Paleontology field correspondence

Identifier: VPA 14

Scope and Contents

The Department of Vertebrate Paleontology began sending staff into the field as early as the first year of its founding in 1891. Since then, the department has organized and supported decades of seminal field work as it continues to do today.

From the field correspondence were written by field workers relaying events during excavations and expeditions. The collection includes department field communications from 1891 to 1969. While Henry Fairfield Osborn was in the department, the letters were addressed primarily to him, but later letters were addressed to others. The years 1962-1968 are missing. This collection is related to the department's collection of Field Diaries held in VPA 38.


  • 1891-1969


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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.


4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)



Related Archival Material

Related materials to this collection are the Field Diaries in VPA 38, under the title American Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Paleontology. Field Diaries.


Historic Call Number: 2:2/2:3

American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology field correspondence, 1891-1969
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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New York NY 10024-5192