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Department of Vertebrate Paleontology personnel records

Identifier: VPA 7

Scope and Contents

Collection contains personnel records, photographs, biographies, and group photos of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology. Originally arranged in a loose-leaf notebook called the "Rogue's Gallery," the materials are now in folders and filed in their original order. Box 1 (1916-1965) contains group photos, individual photos, biographies, and personnel records; box 2 (1893-1958) contains group photos and a typed, unsigned manuscript that provides an historical account of the museum’s collectors, preparators, research staff, art staff, growth of the collection, and source of skeletons, possibly prepared by Rachel Nichols.


  • 1891-1959


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed in the Division of Paleontology. Please contact the collection manager for access; materials are sometimes restricted.

Biographical note

The Department of Vertebrate Paleontology began as a scientific branch of the American Museum of Natural History in 1891. From inception to 1959, scientists and staff were hired to fulfill curatorial, administrative, field, and artistic positions to support the essential areas of research. Driven by exploration and discovery, the Department’s employment history reflects it ethos. A predominately male working culture, the personnel reflect people of varied education and experience compiled in an administrative dossier called the “Rogue’s Gallery.” It provides an historical perspective of the Department’s employment through WWI, the interwar years, WWII, and the fourteen years following post-war life and culture.


1 Linear Foot (2 boxes)


Some folders chronologically, other folders alphabetically.


Historic Call Number: 1:7

American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology personnel records, 1891-1959
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.

Repository Details

Part of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192