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T. Donald Carter papers

Identifier: Mss .C375

Scope and Contents

The Papers Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, articles and reviews, clippings and photocopies relating to Carter's collecting activities for the American Museum of Natural History, and to his interests in the classification of mammals and birds, and bird banding. Correspondence consists primarily of typewritten letters and carbon copies, with some handwritten letters, both sent and received. The collection includes two handwritten signed letters from Ugo Mochi, principal author of the 1971 book, Hooved mammals of the world, for which Carter was coauthor. Other correspondents include Arthur A. Allen, Walter Hoesch, Dean Sage, Jr., William G. Sheldon, John Tee-Van, Walter A. Weber and Edward M. Weyer.


  • 1916-1971



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Biographical Sketch

T. Donald Carter was a zoologist at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH): research assistant 1920- and assistant curator 1944-1960, AMNH Deptartment of Mammalogy. T. Donald Carter played an important role in the development of the Asian, African, and North American Halls. Carter was assistant at the New York Zoological Society, 1913-1916. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and spent a year with the Pigeon Service of the Signal Corps. After his retirement in 1960, Carter raised wild ducks and other birds at his 136-acre home in Kinnelon, N.J., near Boonton.


3.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Ammon Kissinger, 1991.

Related Archival Materials

AMNH Library Special Collections has Carter’s field books from various expeditions, photographic prints in the Photograph Collection, one box of Carter's lantern slides in the Lantern Slide collection; also Carter's lantern slide projector and one box of objects dating from his time in the U.S. Army in the Memorabilia collection.

Carter’s field books and field photographs, including negatives, are located as separate archival collections in Special Collections.

Separated Materials

One oversize map was removed from MSS .C375 (Box 1, Folder 11) and placed in an oversize folder with the collection. The map is from the Rutherford Expedition to Africa, 1946.

Physical Description

The collection consists of manuscript materials, including printed and handwritten materials, newspaper clippings, bound volumes, and notebooks. The collection includes some fragile materials.


T. Donald Carter papers, 1916-1971
Richard Fischer
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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Finding aid created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.
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Information for this finding aid expanded on the original catalog record written by Ann Herendeen, 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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