Field and Expedition Equipment
Scope and Contents
Since 1887, the American Museum of Natural History has been conducting field expeditions in every continent. This is one of the main resources for the Museum’s scientific research and collection development activities throughout all its disciplines. This grouping holds the equipment that were used during expeditions from around 1877 to 1996. Most of these expeditions required direct interaction with the natural habitat of the subject of study, which usually involves being out in the wilderness for long periods of time. From clothing and cooking utensils to cameras and measuring instruments, these materials provide insight on how scientists prepare themselves to face day to day life and work in the field.
These objects have been loosely grouped and described based on the department that made use of them. Their description may be further refined as more is learned about them.
- Usage: circa 1877-1990s
- Department of Anthropology (Organization)
Language of Materials
These materials were arranged in nine series: Series I: Department of Exhibition, Series II: Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, Series III: Department of Mammalogy, Series IV: Department of Anthropology, Series V: Department of Astronomy, Series VI: Department of Ornithology, Series VII: Department of Living Invertebrates, Series VIII: Arctic Expeditions, and Series IX: Flags.
Most of the objects were owned and used by several departments of the American Museum of Natural History. In the case of the items that belonged to the Department of exhibition were part of the large collection of tents, boots, socks, and underwear belonging to exhibition staff members when they went into the field. The bulk of the materials were housed in the 2nd floor memorabilia storeroom. The large American flag from the Madagascar expedition came from the Department of Mammalogy in 1987. Junius Bird’s measuring instruments were transferred from the Department of Anthropology in November 1997. Two Marsh pickaxe head models were sent by Bob Evander from the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2015. Finally, a large canteen and a field bag used to be exhibited in an excavation display in the Brontosaur Hall during the 1950s. (The Hall of Early Dinosaurs).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These materials were transferred from several s departments of the American Museum of Natural History: Department of Anthropology, Department of Astronomy, Department of Exhibition, Department of Living Invertebrates Department of Mammalogy, Department of Ornithology, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology.
The dates were determined through the authority records of the people and expeditions mentioned.
- AMNH Expeditions
- Archbold, Richard
- Arctic regions -- Discovery and exploration
- Bird, Junius Bouton, 1907-1982
- Brown, Barnum
- Chapin, James Paul, 1889-1964
- Clark, James L. (James Lippitt), 1883-1969
- Crocker Land Expedition (1913-1917)
- Hayden Planetarium
- McKenna, Malcolm C.
- Mission Zoologique franco-anglo-américaine à Madagascar (1929-1931)
- Mongolia -- Discovery and exploration.
- Morden African Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History (1947)
- Morden African Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History (1953)
- Morden, William J. (William James), 1886-1958
- Patagonian Expedition (1899-1900)
- Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920
- Scientific expeditions -- Arctic regions
- Scientific expeditions -- Asia.
- Scientific expeditions -- South America
- Scientific expeditions -- United States
- Skinner, Morris F.
- Van Gelder, Richard George, 1928-1994
- Department of Anthropology (Organization)
- Department of Exhibition (Organization)
- American Museum of Natural History. Department of Invertebrates (Organization)
- American Museum of Natural History. Department of Mammalogy (Organization)
- American Museum of Natural History. Department of Ornithology (Organization)
- American Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Paleontology (Organization)
- Field and Expedition Equipment, circa 1877-1990s
- Camila Aguirre
- March 30, 2023
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository
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