Department of Vertebrate Paleontology general correspondence
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From the mid-1890s, notable vertebrate paleontologists arrived, namely William Diller Mathew (1857-1935), William K. Gregory (1876-1970), Walter Granger (1872-1941), Jacob Wortman (1856-1926), and Barnum Brown (1873-1963). H. F. Osborn’s astute hiring of these outstanding paleontologists marks the beginning of memorably-lead expeditions by Granger in 1901 to Egypt’s Fayum Basin, which added complete assemblages of Cenozoic animals to the collections, and in the 1920s, to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, referred to as the Central Asiatic Expeditions. In 1902, Brown’s collecting at Hell Creek, Montana, lead to the discovery of the most famous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus rex, and to the Dinosauria discoveries in the Rockies and Alberta.
In 1916, H. F. Osborn, by then Museum President since 1908, and the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology began a long association with Childs Frick (1883-1965) until his death. Through this association, the Museum gained through donation in 1965, Frick’s collection of 200,000 fossil mammals collected by his expedition teams to the American West.
Twentieth century collecting and curatorial influence continued through 1966 with another generation of distinguished Paleontologists. Employed during this period were Edwin H. Colbert (1905-2001), authority on Dinosauria; George Gaylord Simpson (1902-1984), expert on mammal diversity and evolutionary theory; Bobb Schaeffer (1913-2004), expert of fossil fish; Malcolm C. McKenna (1930-2008), authority on mammal classification.
- American Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Paleontology (Organization)
- Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910 (Correspondent, Person)
- Allen, Glover M. (Glover Morrill), 1879-1942 (Correspondent, Person)
- Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 (Correspondent, Person)
- Brown, Barnum (Correspondent, Person)
- Colbert, Edwin H. (Edwin Harris), 1905-2001 (Correspondent, Person)
- Frick, Childs, 1883-1965 (Correspondent, Person)
- Granger, Walter, 1872-1941 (Correspondent, Person)
- Hornaday, William T. (William Temple), 1854-1937 (Correspondent, Person)
- Knight, Charles Robert, 1874-1953 (Correspondent, Person)
- Kunz, George Frederick, 1856-1932 (Correspondent, Person)
- Merriam, J. C. (John Clark), 1829- (Correspondent, Person)
- Morris, Frederick K. (Frederick Kuhne), 1886 (Correspondent, Person)
- Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 1857-1935 (Correspondent, Person)
- Schaeffer, Bobb, 1913-2004 (Correspondent, Person)
- Simpson, George Gaylord, 1902-1984 (Correspondent, Person)
- Wortman, J. L. (Jacob Lawson), 1856-1926 (Correspondent, Person)
- Sternfeld, Ruth, d. 2007 (Compiler, Person)
- American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology general correspondence, 1887-1966
- 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.
- August 2021: Based on Ruth Sternfeld's historic finding aid, Binder 3.