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Frick Laboratory collection of records and volumes

Identifier: VPA 56a

Scope and Contents

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, Wyoming, and other countries, including Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, and Abyssinia. The collection of material lists, correspondence, and indexes represent the historical activities of the working field parties while engaged in various explorations in the locations listed above.

Frick Laboratory material lists, correspondence, and indexes. The volumes of Frick records were compiled from correspondence, reports from the field, lists of material shown by box number, key number, and Frick Laboratory resumes. Indexes were prepared by assigning a group of volume numbers to a particular locality and within that group of numbers the arrangement is chronological for each individual correspondent or subject. The volumes have been arranged alphabetically by locality, but the original volume numbers have been maintained and indicated on the labels. Where the original volume number is shown under several localities, the material is filed as shown in the original index. Thus the original Frick indexes can be followed.


  • 1924-1965


Conditions Governing Access

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


77.5 Linear Feet (3 filing cabinets)

Language of Materials



Arranged alphabetically by location.

Related Materials

VPA 31, VPA 37, VPA 61.


Each filing cabinet is 31x18 inches; 10 drawers.

American Museum of Natural History. Frick Laboratory collection of records and volumes, 1924-1965
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 6.

Repository Details

Part of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Repository

200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192