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William Diller Matthew papers

Identifier: VPA 122

Scope and Contents

William Diller Matthew's notebooks, notes, correspondence and manuscripts. He worked at the AMNH for thirty-two years. His more than 250 publications deal with the morphology and classification of the Eocene mammals and later Cenozoic mammals. He was especially interested in horses and he made them a showpiece of evolution. Evolution was the one theme on which he constantly wrote whether dealing with descriptions or comparisons. Box 1 contains biographical and bibliographic materials, Boxes 2-5 contain manuscript collections and two bound volumes of book typed manuscripts.

Box Contents

Box 1
Biographical material, handwritten notes (plus copies), published items, 1893 – 1930
Box 2
Manuscript collection 1926 – 1927
Box 3
Manuscripts, 1911, 1916, 1919
Box 4
Manuscripts, c. 1901 – 1926, 1979
Box 5
Manuscripts, 1913 – 1926
Box 6
Manuscripts, 1915, 1924, 1943


  • 1893-1979


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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 (5 boxes and 2 bound volumes)


Arranged by subject.


Historic Call Number: 8:4

Formerly VPA 45

William Diller Matthew papers, 1893-1927
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.

Revision Statements

  • August 2021: Based on Ruth Sternfeld's historic finding aid, Binder 7.

Repository Details

Part of the Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

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