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William Diller Matthew papers

Identifier: Mss .M338


  • 1922-1926
  • Majority of material found within ( 1925-1926)


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Biographical sketch

William Diller Matthew was a vertebrate paleontologist and geologist. Matthew joined the American Museum of Natural History in 1895 as an assistant in the Dept. of Vertebrate Paleontology, eventually becoming curator in 1911. At the death of E.O. Hovey in 1924, Matthew was appointed acting curator of the Dept. of Geology. In 1927 Matthew went to the University of California as professor of paleontology and curator of the paleontological museum.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Arranged chronologically; alphabetically.

Related Archival Materials

AMNH Library Special Collections has one box containing glass negatives of miscellaneous drawings.

Scope and content

The collection consists of departmental and administrative reports, minutes of meetings, and typewritten (many carbon copies) and handwritten correspondence, all in connection with Matthew's management of the the Dept. of Geology and Paleontology, following the death of E.O. Hovey. Charles P. Berkey is considered for the position of curator, but is committed to work in Mongolia during the ongoing Central Asiatic Expeditions. Topics of the correspondence cover acquisitions of material, job applications and research reports. Reports contained in the collection include: A report on glacial clay studies by Chester A. Reeds; and Origin of the "Brown Mountain light" in North Carolina, by G.R. Mansfield. Museum director George H. Sherwood, curator Reeds, and Matthew correspond on the possibility of acquiring models of coral islands created by William M. Davis. Sherwood and Matthew correspond with George P. Merrill concerning various meteorites, and Matthew corresponds with other geologists in connection with a planned exhibit on economic geology. Applicants for employment include Cleveland Abbe Jr., E.C. Andrews, Radcliffe H. Beckwith, Charles Cabeen, Winnie McGlamery, I.P. Tolmachev and Herbert P. Woodward. Materials offered to the department for sale or exchange include a collection of fossil crinoids and Pleistocene shells collected in the area of San Pedro, Calif., by James O. Beebe; and volcanic material and photographs from Frank A. Perrett. Additional correspondents include Ray S. Bassler, J.F. Kemp, Heinrich Ries, and Rudolf Ruedemann.

William Diller Matthew papers, 1922-1926 (bulk 1925-1926)
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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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