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Bobb Schaeffer photographic slide collection

Identifier: VPA 63b

Scope and Contents

Color slide collection for Bobb Schaeffer. The collection is stored in five narrow boxes, with slides divided into categories like sharks, skeletal tissues, canyons and forests, and other areas.


  • undated


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

Bobb Schaeffer (1913-2004) studied the various aspects of vertebrate evolution and joined the AMNH staff in 1946. Much of his descriptive-systematic work was based on Triassic and Jurassic fishes collected under his direction in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Idaho and Texas. He also wrote several papers on the history of the sharks, including one on the cranial anatomy of some uniquely well preserved shark remains from the Permian rocks of Texas. In addition, he was interested in evolutionary theory, and in the patterns of vertebrate development, particularly in relation to the skeleton.


1 Linear Foot (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged by location.

Bobb Schaeffer photographic slide collection
Melissa Silvestri, Allyson Mellone, Alana Gishlick, 2021
2021 August
Description rules
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Language of description
Script of description
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

200 Central Park West
New York NY 10024-5192