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Charles H. Falkenbach papers

Identifier: VPA 18

Scope and Contents

Charles H. Falkenbach Administrative Files contain correspondence, AMNH pension fund records, expense accounts, specimen exchanges, field work accounts, manuscript notes, and geological surveys. The collection is arranged by individuals, institutions, and by subject.

Box 1 (1927-1961) contains correspondence from A to Christman; Box 2 (1956-1959) contains correspondence from Davies to Frick; Box 3 (1956-1962) contains correspondence from Frick to Schultz; Box 4 (1950-1951) contains correspondence Schultz Oreodonts to Ward; and Box 5 (1952-1953) contains correspondence from Ward to Young.


  • 1916-1962
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1962


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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

Charles H. Falkenbach Administrative Files. Charles H. Falkenbach (1902-1962), who worked for the American Museum of Natural History for 46 years, was a pioneer in systematic stratigraphic vertebrate paleontology and a prolific contributor to the field. He was equally at home on expedition and in the laboratory. In taxonomic studies, colleagues regarded him as a "splitter" whereas he considered himself a "lumper". He was a specialist in creodonts. Falkenbach was born in N.Y.C. on April 1, 1902 and attended city schools. His father Charles and uncle Otto were skilled preparators in the Museum's VP lab and he apprenticed there with them from 1916 to 1920. The next year he joined the Frick Laboratory as a preparator and in 1924 became supervisor of the lab and a field assistant on expeditions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. He retired as Assistant Curator in the Frick Laboratory and Field and Laboratory Associate at the AMNH in 1962. He died July 8, 1962 at his home in Sante Fe, N.M.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


Alphabetic arrangement by individual, institution, or subject.


Historic Call Number: 3:1



Charles H. Falkenbach papers, 1916-1962 (bulk 1940-1962)
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

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