Department of Vertebrate Paleontology field correspondence
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.
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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. https://www.amnh.org/research/paleontology/collections/vertebrate-paleontology-archives
4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Historic Call Number: 2:2/2:3
- American Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Paleontology (Organization)
- Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 1857-1935 (Person)
- Sternfeld, Ruth, d. 2007 (Compiler, Person)
- American Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology field correspondence, 1891-1969
- 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.