Frick Laboratory catalog and registrar notebooks: Unnumbered series
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 16 binders on Frick Lab related material. Some binders contain related material and could potentially be grouped together as a subset of this collection. These binder groups are as follows: Binders 2 and 3 – list of mammal casts, Binders 6, 7, 8, and 16 – oreodont reprints and list of catalog numbers for specimens cited in those reprints, Binders 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 15 – all consist in whole or in part of lists of specimens with AMNH catalog numbers.
Binder 1 – Central Asiatic Expedition – Xerox Field Notes. Photocopies of Central Asiatic Expedition log of specimen field notebooks with added AMNH catalog numbers. List is arranged by locality.
Binder 2 – Casts Mammals A-M. Alphabetical list of casts of AMNH fossil mammal specimens. Data on list includes catalog number, taxon identification, element description, publication reference, locality, stratigraphy, price of each cast, number of casts on hand, recipients of casts. Contains a couple of estimates of cost of producing casts, a list of casts of an unidentified South American fossil mammal, a list of casts of Mongolian fossil mammals, and a list of casts of fossil primates.
Binder 3 – Casts Mammals N-Z. Continuation of the alphabetical list of AMNH fossil mammal specimens in Binder 2. Includes a hand-written note of the progress of the cast collection revision as of May 1962.
Binder 4 – Turtle Book. List of Frick Lab fossil turtles collected between 1927 and 1959 arranged alphabetically by collecting locality, then numerically by Frick number. List includes a brief description of the material and locality details. Binder includes hand-written lists of skulls and possible skulls arranged alphabetically by collecting locality, then numerically by Frick number.
Binder 5 – Fauna of Papago Springs AMNH Bull. 1942 Morris F. Skinner. Reprint of Skinner, M.F. (1942) The Fauna of Papago Springs Cave, Arizona. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v.80, pp. 143-220.
Binder 6 – Catalog 10C1 Schultz and Falkenbach Bulletins 1940, 1941, 1947. Contains 3 reprints by Charles Bertrand Schultz and Charles H. Falkenbach. Reprint 1: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1940) Merycochoerinae: A new subfamily of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v.77, pp. 213-306. Reprint 2: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1941) Ticholeptinae: A new subfamily of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v.79, pp. 1-105. Reprint 3: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1947) Merychyinae, a subfamily of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 88, pp. 157-286. Binder includes a memorandum with a list of F:AM numbers assigned for use in these publications.
Binder 7 – Catalog 10C2 Schultz and Falkenbach Bulletins 1949, 1950. Contains 2 reprints by Charles Bertrand Schultz and Charles H. Falkenbach. Reprint 1: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1949) Promerycochoerinae, a new subfamily of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 93, pp. 69-198. Reprint 2: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1950) Phenacocoelinae, a new subfamily of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 95, pp. 87-150. Binder includes an index listing its contents.
Binder 8 – Catalog 10C3 Schultz and Falkenbach 1954, 1956. Contains 2 reprints by Charles Bertrand Schultz and Charles H. Falkenbach. Reprint 1: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1954) Desmatochoerinae, a new subfamily of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 105, pp. 143-256. Reprint 2: Schultz, C.B. and Falkenbach, C.H. (1956) Miniochoerinae and Oreonetinae, two new subfamilies of oreodonts. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, v. 109, pp. 373-482. Binder includes an index listing its contents.
Binder 9 – Numbers. Hand-written list of Frick Lab specimens assigned F:AM numbers from F:AM 33300-49721. Lists include F:AM number, Frick box number, Frick specimen number, element description, stratigraphic horizon, collector, year collected, collecting locality. There is a partial limerick written on the back of one of the pages.
Binder 10 – Key to Catalog Book. Inventory list of fossil mammal catalog numbers 1-94999 with notations on the status of specimens. Each sheet contains 1000 catalog numbers and are copies of a master template. Numbers with suffixes are hand-written on the back of the relevant sheet. Includes a key to symbols used.
Binder 11 – Frick Catalog Hyaenodon. Contents include a letter of F:AM catalog numbers assigned to James Mellett by George Krochak to catalog hyaenodon specimens, a list of those catalog numbers and their corresponding Frick numbers, a more detailed list of those specimens (including taxon, element description, locality, collecting year, and stratigraphic info added by hand), a list of hyaenodons organized by locality then by Frick number with stratigraphic info, a typed list of Mellett hyaenodons (including F:AM number, Frick number, collection year, taxon, element description, locality and stratigraphic info), a hyaenodon progress report written by James Mellett.
Binder 12 – Insectivore Frick Coll. Mc. Contents include loan invoices from the 1960’s of Frick and F:AM insectivores, copy of a letter to George Krochak from Millstone lab returning unused F:AM catalog numbers (additional notes have been typed and hand-written onto this copy), a list of F:AM cataloged insectivores organized by catalog number (including Frick number, taxon, element description, locality, stratigraphy, and collector information for some entries), a list of Frick lab insectivores, which forms the bulk of this binder, organized by locality and then by Frick number (includes year collected, element description, locality, stratigraphy, and F:AM numbers and taxon identification for some entries)
Binder 13 – Xerox Copy of Falkenbach-Schultz Geologic Sections. Contents include a note from Charles Bertrand Schultz to Malcolm C. McKenna on Charles Falkenbach’s geologic sections, a report on the 1955 field season by Falkenbach with a short summary of the season and details on localities worked with stratigraphic profiles, a report on the 1954 field season by Falkenbach with a summary of activity and details of localities worked with stratigraphic profiles, a 1946 letter from Falkenbach to J. A. Godfrey in Wyoming regarding Falkenbach’s truck, typed descriptions of stratigraphic sections, and hand-drawn stratigraphic sections.
Binder 14 – F.A.M. Catalogue Felidae. Contents include a list of Frick lab collected felids cataloged by Loren Toohey, Ted Galusha, and Beryl Taylor organized numerically by F:AM catalog number. This list includes the F:AM number, Frick box and specimen numbers, description of the material, locality, stratigraphy, and collector. Some entries have been edited with hand-written notes. There are a couple of letters from the Frick lab to Toohey containing the assignment of catalog numbers. There is a letter from Toohey to the Frick lab requesting more data on some Frick felids.
Binder 15 – Harold Cook’s Catalogue. Contents include copies of a letter from Margaret Cook to Malcolm McKenna leaving a portion of Harold Cook’s fossil collection to McKenna, a letter from Morris Skinner to Ray in the Frick lab with a key to the list of Harold Cook specimens and their dispensation, a hand-written list of Cook specimens at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT), a copy of a typed list of unnumbered Cook specimens given to SDSMT, a list of Cook specimens in the AMNH collections organized by catalog number made up of hand-written and typed pages with additional hand-written notes, a box finding list organized by Cook number with AMNH numbers added for some entries, a list of specimens given to McKenna by Margaret Cook, a copy of Cook’s Agate Spring fossil quarry map, copies of a key to and list of technical publications, a list of types organized by Harold Cook (HC) number, a copy of the HC catalog cards organized by catalog number (includes AMNH number and bibliographic reference for some entries), a copy of the loan card catalog of HC specimens, a copy of a 1957 letter from Harold Cook to Richard Estes, copies of loan invoices of HC material, list of HC loan material (including date of loan, date returned, and recipient), a list of HC specimens from lower Harrison localities.
Binder 16 – Oreodont Catalog. Contents include a list of oreodonts cited by Charles Bertrand Schultz and Charles H. Falkenbach in papers published between 1940 and 1968, inclusive, organized by AMNH catalog number and including taxon, year of citation and page on which the number was cited. There is a notes section and a copy of a reprint by Robert Evander and colleagues on some incorrectly cited catalog numbers (Evander, R.L., Mader, B.J., Haase, F. (1994) Correction of catalog numbers incorrectly cited by Schultz and Falkenbach in oreodont papers published between 1940 and 1968. Journal of Paleontology, v. 68(2), pp. 402-404).
- circa 1940s-1960s
- American Museum of Natural History. Frick Laboratories (Organization)
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2.25 Linear Feet (16 notebooks)
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- American Museum of Natural History. Frick Laboratories (Organization)
- American Museum of Natural History. Frick Laboratory catalog and registrar notebooks: Unnumbered series, circa 1940s-1960s
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