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Department of Vertebrate Paleontology field correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: VPA 14

Scope and Contents

The Department of Vertebrate Paleontology began sending staff into the field as early as the first year of its founding in 1891. Since then, the department has organized and supported decades of seminal field work as it continues to do today.

From the field correspondence were written by field workers relaying events during excavations and expeditions. The collection includes department field communications from 1891 to 1969. While Henry Fairfield Osborn was in the department, the letters were addressed primarily to him, but later letters were addressed to others. The years 1962-1968 are missing. This collection is related to the department's collection of Field Diaries held in VPA 38.

Dates

  • 1891-1969

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

4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Arrangement

Chronologically.

Related Archival Material

Related materials to this collection are the Field Diaries in VPA 38, under the title American Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Paleontology. Field Diaries.

General

Historic Call Number: 2:2/2:3

Title
American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology field correspondence, 1891-1969
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:
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New York NY 10024-5192