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Frick Laboratory specimen catalogs

Identifier: VPA 61

Scope and Contents

The relationship between the American Museum of Natural History and the Childs Frick Corporation has been in existence since 1923. The activities of the Corporation consisted in carrying out field explorations of fossilized remains of extinct mammals in Vertebrate Paleontology. The Frick expeditions were undertaken by field parties working in various states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mexico, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. The recovered remains were sent to the Frick Laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and to the Millstone Laboratory, Roslyn, Long Island, a laboratory facility Childs Frick maintained in conjunction with his home. At these two laboratories, the fossilized specimens were prepared for study, preserved for future scientific endeavors, and used as material data for the publication of monographic studies. The collection of notebooks represents the historical shipping records of the Frick Laboratories from the locations listed above to the laboratories. They serve as record keeping activities of the field parties, and of the specimens collected and inventoried. The notebooks also contain taxonomic identification, listings of specimen elements, and stratigraphic and locality descriptions.

The collection consists of 73 notebooks listing Frick Laboratory specimens. The volume numbers are listed by state and locality within the state. The finding aid includes an abbreviation used on the spines of the various volumes and the state to which the abbreviation refers.


  • circa 1920-1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed in the Division of Paleontology. Please contact the collection manager for access; materials are sometimes restricted.


11.5 Linear Feet (73 notebooks)

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically.

Related Materials

VPA 31, VPA 37, VPA 56a

American Museum of Natural History. Frick Laboratory specimen catalogs, circa 1920-1960
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.

Revision Statements

  • August 2021: Based on Ruth Sternfeld's historic finding aid, Binder 1.

Repository Details

Part of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

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New York NY 10024-5192