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Department of Vertebrate Paleontology collection of field diaries

Identifier: VPA 38

Scope and Contents

The Department of Vertebrate Paleontology began sending staff into the field as early as the first year of its founding, 1891. Since then the department has organized and supported decades of seminal field work as it continues to do so today. These consist of diaries, lists of specimens found, locations of finds, records of day to day activities, and step by step findings. A chronological list can be found in the finding aid. Individual lists can be found with both the Charles H. Falkenbach and Ted Galusha Papers. The diaries are arranged by date and filed as nearly as possible in chronological order. Notable names in the field diaries include H. F. Osborn, Walter Granger, Barnum Brown, and G. G. Simpson.


  • 1891-2000


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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.


14.5 Linear Feet (28 boxes and 1 package)


The diaries are arranged by date and filed, as nearly as possible, in chronological order.

Related Materials

VPA 18, VPA 19, and VPA 14


Historic Call Number: 6:2 to 6:6

American Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Paleontology collection of field diaries, 1891-2000
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