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F. Walker Johnson papers

 Collection
Identifier: VPA 121

Scope and Contents

The F. Walker Johnson papers is a collection of correspondence, records, field notebooks, bibliographic reference materials, drawings, charts, and maps.

Boxes 1-3 labeled “Tertiary Stratigraphy and the Frick collection of fossil vertebrates from North Central Nebraska” contain material for Johnson’s 1984 publication. Box 1 (1972-1985) contains correspondence; Box 2 (1931-1963) contains photocopied field notes and M. F. Skinner’s compilation of documents used as bibliographic materials; Box 3 (1913-1933) contains photocopies of field books, journals, and papers used as research materials, included are photocopies of data from M. F. Skinner for a manuscript on the Cornell Dam Formation (1972-1974) and miscellaneous correspondence with M. F. Skinner (1963-1973).

Box 4 (1973-1988) labeled “Personal Files” contain administrative documents, CV, correspondence, donations, grants, Micropaleontology Press, volunteers, loans, maps; and documents pertaining to VP collections, Frick collection, cataloguing and systematics, and the Osborn Library.

Boxes 5-8 (1970s-1980s) labeled “Collected Notes” contain field research materials for publications, field maps and surveys, collecting reports, ash and argon dating, faunal lists, and SVP meetings, includes a folder in Box 6 labeled “Materials collected to encourage Centennial celebration for DVP.”

Dates

  • 1972-1983, 1973-1988

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

Biographical note

Frank Walker Johnson (1909-1989) was born in St. Augustine, Florida and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in Geology in 1934, and went to work in the Frick Laboratory, American Museum of Natural History as a Collector of Vertebrate Fossils from 1935-1936. From 1936 until his retirement in 1971 he worked for Standard Oil Co. (now Exxon Corporation) in various assignments as a Geologist, eventually holding roles as Deputy Manager of Exploration, Research Chairman, Senior Exploration Advisor before retiring in 1971. In 1972 Johnson began volunteering at the American Museum of Natural History, studying the late Tertiary stratigraphy of an area in north-central Nebraska in collaboration with the curator Morris Skinner.

Includes field notes.

Extent

3.25 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Arrangement

Chronological within subject.

General

Historic Call Number: was 5:8 now 3:3 and 3:4

VPA 20

Creator

Source

Title
F. Walker Johnson papers, 1972-1983, 1973-1988
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
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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