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Department of Vertebrate Paleontology departmental records

 Collection
Identifier: VPA 2

Scope and Contents

Department of Vertebrate Paleontology records, including annual reports, minutes of staff meetings and some scientific reports. Administrative activity is recorded in the Annual Report documents of the early Department of Paleontology from 1873-1891. Following are reports for the later Department of Vertebrate Paleontology from 1891-1976. Records during the years following 1891 provide a robust account of the Department’s personnel hired, administrative costs and spending. Field work and costs are notated along with departmental happenings and staff meetings through 1941.

Two significant reports provide additional context of the operating and working conditions of the Department: one, an Annual Report of Museum Trustees of 1930 recorded at the start of the Great Depression; and two, Scientific Departmental Reports of May 1944 communicated a year before the end of WWII.

Various groupings have been brought together and bound at various times. The arrangements have not been consistent. The boxes and folders are a listing as the volumes have been shelved with as much description as has seemed necessary. The volumes have been given a chronological order for the purpose of maintaining a permanent staff arrangement. Boxes 1-3 consist of annual reports, and there are bound volumes of reports of staff meetings and minutes.

Includes photographs.

Dates

  • 1873-1976

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed in the Division of Paleontology. Please contact the collection manager for access; materials are sometimes restricted. https://www.amnh.org/research/paleontology/collections/vertebrate-paleontology-archives

Extent

3 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 bankers box)

Arrangement

Various groupings have been brought together and bound at various times. The arrangements have not been consistent. The volumes have been given a chronological numbering mainly for the purpose of maintaining a permanent shelf arrangement.

General

Historic Call Number: 1:1/1:2

Title
American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology departmental records, 1873-1976
Author
Melissa Silvestri, Allyson Mellone, Alana Gishlick, 2021
Date
2021 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Minimal level collection record created with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America grant, 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

Contact:
200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192