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Central Asiatic Expedition collection

Identifier: VPA 46

Scope and Contents

The original plan was to publish the final report on these expeditions in twelve volumes. Each volume was to deal with a different aspect of findings as compiled during the expeditions. Plans, diagrams, maps, surveys, photographs, and correspondence of some completed chapters of the intended final reports of the expeditions, which were conducted in 1921 - 1930, are included, as well as photocopies of 25 original field books written by Walter Granger (binders 1-11), F. K. Morris (binders 12-23), and L. E. Spock (binders 24-25). One package contains photographic prints by F. K. Morris from 1923-25.

Volume 3 is composed of geologic studies and information on the topography of Mongolia. The scientists working particularly on volume 3 were C. P. Berkey, F. K. Morris, L. B. Spock and P. Teilhard de Chardin. Volume 5 was planned as a map volume with chapters on the mapping problems of the Central Asiatic Expeditions; a history of the cartography of Central Asia including Russian cartography and the Briesemeister map of Mongolia. The scientists working on volume 5 were C. P. Berkey, L. E. Spock, L. B. Roberts, W. P. T. Hill, Willard Wyman, and C. R. Canfield.

The arrangement follows, wherever practical, the outlines for each volume as prepared by the publications committee. For volume 3 the outline used is dated 1941 and is filed in Box 1, folder 2. Volume 5 is arranged according to the 1946 outline in Box 2, folder 4. Because the arrangement follows the plan for the publication by chapters, the material in each folder covers several years.


  • 1921-1950


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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 / Historical

In 1921, 1922, 1923, 1928 and 1930 a series of scientific expeditions in Central Asia were conducted by the AMNH in conjunction with collaborating institutions and investigators. They were led by Roy Chapman Andrews. Walter Granger was chief paleontologist and the second in command. With a team of up to forty scientists, drivers, and assistants, they were able to collect a vast multitude of objects for the American Museum of Natural History and make many groundbreaking discoveries, such as, the first dinosaur eggs. They explored throughout the Gobi Desert and cemented this area as a prime location for paleontological study.


6.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 25 binders, and 1 package)


Arranged by subject.

Related Materials

The original materials from which the binder copies were made have been deposited in the Rare Book and Manuscript Room in the Library of the AMNH; negatives for prints have been deposited with the Photographic Archives.


Historic Call Number: was 3:3/3:5 now 9:1/9:3 and 9:2

Central Asiatic Expedition collection, 1921-1950
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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New York NY 10024-5192