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Frick Laboratory catalog and registrar notebooks: Registrar's series

Identifier: VPA 62e

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 on field explorations for the fossilized remains of extinct mammals of the late Tertiary-Quaternary in areas located in the states of New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, North and South Dakota, California, Alaska, etc. 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. In 1966 the Childs Frick Corporation and the American Museum of Natural History entered into a formal agreement by which the Frick specimen collections were transferred to the Museum and housed in the Frick Building endowed by funds from the Childs Frick Corporation. The collection of notebooks represents the historical records of the Frick Laboratories, such as specimen shipping records from the field to the laboratories; specimen record keeping activities of cataloging, inventorying, and taxonomic indexing; and specimen field notes and locality descriptions.

The collection consists of 21 notebooks from the Frick Collection numbered R1-R38 (missing R2-11, R17-18, R20, R22, R27, R30, R34). These are the registrar's copies. A mixture of documentation about specific collections/objects, department correspondence, notes about catalog numbers, and catalogs of specimens. In between folders 15 and 16 there is a loose booklet of photocopied notes.


  • 1940-1981


Conditions Governing Access

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


3 Linear Feet (21 notebooks)

Language of Materials



Arranged by subject.

Related Materials

VPA 23, VPA 61, VPA 62a, VPA, 62b, VPA 62c, VPA 62d, VPA 73

American Museum of Natural History. Frick Laboratory catalog and registrar notebooks: Registrar's series, 1940-1981
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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