Stout, Gardner D.
- Existence: 1903-04-21 - 1984-01-16
Gardner D. Stout was a banker and amateur ornithologist who was a trustee, 1959-1964, and president, 1968-1975, of the American Museum of Natural History. Stout worked as an investment banker until his retirement in 1968, when he took the unpaid post of AMNH president. He also served as secretary (1964-1967), and vice president (1967-1968), and was a field associate in ornithology. Stout was chairman of the executive committee of the National Audubon Society from 1946 to 1959, and was editor of The shorebirds of North America, published in 1967. With his wife, Clare, a malacologist and photographer, Stout made numerous trips to study birds and other wildlife, contributing both specimens and film footage to the museum's collections. (source: AMNH Mss .S76)
Under Stout, three new halls were opened: Hall of Man and Africa, Hall of Mexico and Central America, and Peoples of the Pacific. The Hall of Mollusks was conceived during his administration. The Natural Science Center and the People Center were popular teaching areas inaugurated during his term. The Frick Wing, housing fossil mammals was constructed during his term as well. Stout served as President Emeritus and honorary trustee until his death in 1984.
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
Papers related to the American Museum of Natural History's Centennial Celebration, held April 9, 1969: development, research, financial records and correspondence, press kits, convocation materials, and files of Garnder Stout, President of the Museum at the time of the Centennial Celebration. Also includes entries for the "Windows on the World" essay contest submitted by elementary and college students.
Photographs of Nixon and the Museum President.
Traveling to sites in Kenya, such as the Shima Hills, Tsavo River, Samburu, and Lake Nakuru, Gardner D. Stout, AMNH President from 1968 to 1975, and his wife, Clare, filmed many birds and mammals indigenous to the area. There is extensive, well-photographed footage of the birds and mammals of the region.
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