Chester Reeds papers
- Majority of material found in 1926
- Reeds, Chester A. (Chester Albert), 1882-1968 (Editor, Person)
Access Conditions and Restrictions
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Reeds’s fields of investigation were geology and invertebrate paleontology. He was hired as the Assistant Curator of the Department of Geology and Invertebrate Paleontology, became Associate Curator as of January 1, 1918 (appointed 12/19/1917), and eventually became Curator on January 3, 1927. Reeds also served as the editor for Division I of the AMNH Publication Committee, and in this capacity he oversaw publications when they involved geology and paleontology. Reeds passed away in Ghent, New York, at the age of 86 on October 4, 1968.
“give the museum news in popular and interesting form, as a medium for the prompt acknowledgement of gifts and for making widely known our needs…In brief, the Journal will keep members informed of all that is going on, and we trust will widen the circle of interest in this noble institution for the education of the people and the diffusion of natural sciences.” (2)
Founded in 1900-01 by the American Museum of Natural History, Natural History ran as the American Museum Journal through 1918, becoming Natural History in 1919. Throughout its 114-year history, Natural History has featured many of the brightest minds in the field as authors, and the September-October 1926 edition, published during the post-Bone Wars era of paleontology, sought to promote the mystique of paleontology to its readers; indeed, this particular issue, to which this collection is directly related, was titled The Romance of Fossil Hunting. Natural History is currently operated by Howard Richman after being purchased by a company headed by Charles Harris in 2002. (3) Natural History does retain an affiliation with AMNH to this day, although the museum is no longer responsible for its publication. The magazine’s mission today is “to promote understanding and appreciation of the world around us.” (4)
1. The Bulletin never stopped running. It still updates to this day. 2. American Museum Journal, April 1900. 3. Wikipedia. 4. Natural History’s website.
- Chester Albert Reeds papers, 1924-1930 (bulk 1926)
- Stephanie Diorio
- October 2014
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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, 2012.
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- Information for this finding aid expanded on the original catalog record written by Ann Herendeen, 2004.