SIA RU000156, United States National Museum Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Records, circa 1889-1957

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Summary

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Vertebrate Paleontology
Title:
Records, circa 1889-1957
Dates:
1889, 1889-1957, circa 1889-1957
Notes:
Work in vertebrate paleontology at the Smithsonian Institution predates the formal establishment of a Department of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1887. Joseph Leidy and Edward Drinker Cope, among others, studied the fossil collections which had been gathered by the various government exploring expeditions and sent to the Smithsonian. With the reorganization of the United States National Museum, 1880, the Department of Comparative Anatomy was given charge of the collections until the creation of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1887, with Othniel Charles Marsh as Honorary Curator. Since its creation, the Department has undergone a number of organizational and title changes
In 1894, the Department became a Section of the Department of Paleontology. The reorganization of 1897 created a Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology in the Department of Geology, and Vertebrate Paleontology was made a Section of that Division. It became a separate Division in 1908 but in 1911 was again made a Section, this time in the Division of Paleontology. In 1924 this Division was renamed the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, and Vertebrate Paleontology again became a Division
Since Marsh's death in 1889, curators of the Division have included Frederic Augustus Lucas, intermittently from 1889 to 1904; Charles W. Gilmore, Assistant and Associate Curator, 1911-1923, and Curator, 1923-1945; and James W. Gidley, Assistant Curator, 1911-1931. Charles Lewis Gazin, Assistant and Associate Curator, 1932-1946, was appointed Curator following Gilmore's death. David Hosbrook Dunkle and Peter P. Vaughn were named Associate Curators in 1946 and 1957, respectively
Summary:
These records document the history of the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1889-1957, and to a greater extent, the professional and administrative activities of Charles W. Gilmore when he was a staff member of the Division, 1905-1945
Topic:
Paleontology, Vertebrate
Subjects:
Gidley, James William 1866-1931, Dunkle, David Hosbrook, Gazin, C. Lewis (Charles Lewis) 1904-, Gilmore, Charles W (Charles Whitney) 1874-1945, Lucas, Frederic A (Frederic Augustus) 1852-1929, Vaughn, Peter Paul 1928-, Leidy, Joseph 1823-1891, Cope, E. D (Edward Drinker) 1840-1897, Marsh, Othniel Charles 1831-1899, United States National Museum, United States National Museum Division of Comparative Anatomy, United States National Museum Dept. of Paleontology, United States National Museum Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, United States National Museum Dept. of Geology
Form/Genre:
Journals (accounts), Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU000156
Physical Description:
2.7 linear meters

Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 156

United States National Museum, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology

Records, circa 1889-1957

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology
Title: Records
Dates: circa 1889-1957
Quantity: 2.7 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 156
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology maintains fossil collections, the earliest of which were gathered during the United States Exploring Expedition in the 1830's and forwarded to the National Institute. From 1846 to 1858, these collections were transferred to the Smithsonian. Unfortunately, most of the specimens have subsequently been discarded presumably because they lacked data pertaining to origin and locality.

Joseph Leidy of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia was commissioned in 1850 by the Smithsonian as a collaborator to study the fossil collections housed in the Institution and those to be collected in the field. Leidy's studies continued into the late 1860's and were published in part in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. Leidy's study of fossils included those gathered during the General Land Office surveys (1849-1858), Pacific Railroad Survey (1854-1855), and by the United States Geological Survey under the direction of F.V. Hayden (1856-1872).

In 1867, Edward Drinker Cope began his collaboration with the Smithsonian, and his studies on fossils collected at the Smithsonian were published both in the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge and the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections.

From the organizational beginning of the United States National Museum until 1887, the custody of vertebrate fossils was placed under the Department of Comparative Anatomy. Osteologists from the Department carried out the preparation and exhibition of the collection.

Vertebrate fossils emerged as an administrative organization in 1881, when Othniel Charles Marsh, in charge of vertebrate paleontology at the United States Geological Survey, was appointed honorary curator of the Department of Vertebrate Fossils. The Department came under the supervision of the Division of Zoology. Since then, the Department of Vertebrate Fossils has undergone numerous transformations both in name and administration.

The Department became a section under the Department of Paleontology in 1894 and when the USNM was reorganized in 1897, Vertebrate Fossils remained a section under the newly created Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology.

When Marsh died in 1898, Frederic Augustus Lucas, an osteologist, was made acting assistant curator of the Section. Lucas had been an assistant curator of the Section intermittently since 1891, and had been made curator of Comparative Anatomy in 1894. Lucas became acting curator of Fossils in 1903 only to resign from the USNM in 1904. Fossils disappeared as an administrative unit from 1905 to 1908. However, it remained a viable and functioning unit without a name as Charles W. Gilmore (1904) and James W. Gidley (1905) were appointed preparators to the section. George P. Merrill, head curator of the Department of Geology, administered the collection.

When the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology was reorganized in 1908, with each of its sections becoming a division, Fossils reemerged as the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. Gidley became custodian of the mammalian collection and Gilmore custodian of the reptilian collection.

In June 1911, Vertebrate Paleontology became a section under the Division of Paleontology; during the following month, Gidley and Gilmore became assistant curators of fossil mammals and fossil reptiles, respectively. Gilmore became associate curator of the Section in 1917-1918, and in May 1923 became curator of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Vertebrate Paleontology again became a Division in June of 1924, when the Division of Paleontology was renamed the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology.

James W. Gidley died on September 26, 1931. The vacancy was filled when Charles L. Gazin was appointed assistant curator to the Division on March 1, 1932. Gazin became associate curator on March 1, 1942, and subsequently became curator of the Division on January 1, 1946, upon the death of Gilmore, September 27, 1945.

Other staff members appointed to the Division include David H. Dunkle, who was appointed associate curator in 1946-1947. Dunkle retired in March of 1968. Peter P. Vaughn, appointed associate curator in July, 1957, resigned in January of 1959. Nicholas Hotton III was appointed associate curator in June of 1959 and became curator of the Division in 1968-1969. Clayton E. Ray was appointed associate curator in 1963, and when Gazin became senior paleontologist in 1968 in order to devote full time to scientific studies, Ray became curator and supervisor of the Division.

On October 15, 1963, the Department of Geology was disbanded with its administrative function divided into two departments, Mineral Science and Paleobiology. The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology came under the supervision of the latter.

Most of the papers within these records pertain to the professional and administrative activities of Charles W. Gilmore while he was a staff member of the Division (1905-1945). Gilmore, who was selected in 1932 by J. McKeen Cattell, editor of Science, as one of the twenty-five leading geologists in the United States, was born in Pavilion, New York, in 1874. He began his interest in fossils and museum work at an early age, after visiting Ward's Natural Science Establishment. Gilmore attended the University of Wyoming where he studied and collected fossil specimens, and from 1901-1904, he was a collector in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. From 1904 until his death in 1945, Gilmore was a staff member of the United States National Museum. He participated in sixteen expeditions and because of his work, the results of the most important excavations and studies at the Dinosaur National Monument have been analyzed and recorded. Among the numerous scientific societies to which he belonged, Gilmore was president and member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Paleontology Society of Washington and the Geological Society of America.

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Descriptive Entry

These records document the history of the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1889-1957, and to a greater extent, document the professional and administrative activities of Charles W. Gilmore when he was a staff member with the Division (1905-1945). Materials include daybooks and journals kept by Gilmore, containing the daily work activities of himself and other staff members in the Division, 1905-1931; incoming and outgoing correspondence most of which, from 1905-1945, was written or received by Gilmore; examination and reports of specimens and outgoing correspondence; and article drafts, notes, speeches, and radio talks, mostly written by Gilmore.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 156, United States National Museum, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Records

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Container List

Series 1

Daybooks and Journals Kept by Charles W. Gilmore, 1905-1931.

Daybooks and journals kept by Charles W. Gilmore. October 19, 1905-November 18, 1931, bound. 27 volumes. Contains a daily account of Gilmore's work activities and those of other staff members of the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology; also includes a record of requisitions for the Division.

Box 1

October 19, 1905-June 30, 1911

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Box 2

July 1, 1911-June 30, 1917

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Box 3

July 2, 1917-December 19, 1923

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Box 4

January 2, 1924-December 31, 1929

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Box 5

January 2, 1930-November 13, 1931

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Series 2

Miscellaneous Journal, c. 1910-1923.

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Miscellaneous Journal. c. 1910-September 1923. No author. Bound. 1 volume.

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Series 3

General Correspondence, Incoming and Outgoing, 1898-1901, 1905-1945. Arranged alphabetically.

Most of this correspondence was written or received by Charles W. Gilmore. Correspondence is with scientific colleagues working with federal and local governmental agencies, universities, and other museums, museum directors, collectors of fossil specimens, editors, scientific illustrators, scientific societies, Smithsonian administrators and Division staff members; concerning identification and examination of fossils, shipment of fossil specimens, purchasing of fossil specimens, location of fossils, requests for fossil skeletons and photographs of fossils, recommendations for job openings, recommendations for grants, recommendations for membership to professional scientific societies, publication of scientific articles, requests for Gilmore's reprints, and requests for Division reports.

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Folder 1 Abel-Abbot, Charles G. (1926-1942)

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Folder 2 Abbott-Adams

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Folder 3 Aldrich-Alexander, Benito (1915-1916)

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Folder 4 Allen, John A. (1927-1941)

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Folder 5 Allen, Ben F.-Angell

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Folder 6 Arick-Atwood

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Folder 7 Avinoff, Andrey (1927-1944)

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Folder 8 Axtell-Bailey, Alfred Marshall (1937-1938)

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Folder 9 Baker-Barber

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Folder 10 Barbour, Edwin H. (1927-1940)

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Folder 11 Barnet-Bascom

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Folder 12 Bassler, Ray S. (1929-1945)

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Folder 13 Bastin-Berg

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Folder 14 Berichmeimer-Bernheimer, Charles L. (1929)

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Folder 15 Berry, Charles T. (1937-1941)-Bird

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Folder 16 Blackburne-Barntraeger

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Folder 17 Boss, Norman H. (1936-1937)-Bowen

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Folder 18 Bradley-Brady, Lionel Francis (1931-1940)

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Folder 19 Bragg-Brimley

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Folder 20 Brode-Brosfers

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Folders 21-24 Brown, Barnum (1908-1917, 1925-1929)

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Box 7

Folders 1-5 Brown, Barnum (cont'd) (1930-1944)

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Folder 6 Brown, Newton H. (1924-1927)-Bryant

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Folder 7 Bucksar-Buehler

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Folder 8 Burgdorff-Byrd

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Folder 9 Burroughs, Wilbur Greeley (1937-1944)

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Folder 10 Camp, Charles L. (1924-1945)

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Folder 11 Cabrera-Campbell

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Folder 12 Carpenter-Carson

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Folder 13 Casanova-Caster

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Folder 14 Case, Ermine Cowles (1914, 1924-1942)

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Folder 15 Chadwick-Churchward, J. (Colonel) (1911-1934)

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Folder 16 Clark-Clough

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Folder 17 Coates-Coleman. Includes Arthur Sterry Coggeshall (c. 1915-1935)

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Box 8

Folders 1-2 Colbert, Edwin H. (1936-1945)

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Folder 3 Collins-Commerford. Includes R. Lee Collins (1936-1944)

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Folder 4 Cook-Cowen

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Folder 5 Cook, Harold J. (1922-1944)

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Folder 6 Credner-Cutler

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Folder 7 Dahl-Daugherty

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Folder 8 Davenport-Davis

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Folder 9 Davis, Harry T. (1938-1944)

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Folder 10 Demaray-DeWeese

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Folder 11 Dice-Doury. Includes Fritz Dravermann (1915-1931)

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Folder 12 Dunkle, David H. (1940-1945)

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Folder 13 Dunbar-Dutrow

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Folder 14 Eakin-Edwards

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Folder 15 Ellington-Evans

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Folder 16 Fabiani-Farrington

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Folder 17 Felch-Fenner

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Folder 18 Figgins, J. D. (1925-1935)-Fisher

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Folder 19 Flower-Foster

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Folder 20 Francis-French

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Folder 21 Frick, Childs (1928-1945)-Furlong, E. L. (1924-1943)

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Folder 22 Gaziri, Charles Lewis (1931-1936)

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Folder 23 Gale-Geological Survey of New Jersey. Includes Ted Galuska (1933-1936)

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Folder 24 The Geological Society of America (1936-1944)

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Box 9

Folder 1 Gidley, James W. (1912-1915, 1928-1931)-Gilmore

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Folder 2 Gooding-Grave

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Folder 3 Graf, John Enos (1932-1942)

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Folders 4-7 Granger, Walter (1916-1941)

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Folder 8 Grebel-Guitart

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Folder 9 Gunter, Herman (1921-1945)

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Folder 10 Haas-Hall

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Folder 11 Hamby-Happ

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Folder 12 Hares-Harvey

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Folder 13 Haskin-Hay

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Folder 14 Heap-Hedge

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Folder 15 Henderson-Hendley

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Folder 16 Herald-Herr

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Folder 17 Hesse, Curtis J. (1935-1944)

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Folder 18 Hibbard, Claude W.

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Folder 19 Hoagland-Horrmeister

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Folder 20 Holden-Holt

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Folder 21 Horr-Howell

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Folder 22 Hubbell-Hussakoff

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Folder 23 Iglesias-Ireland

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Folder 24 Janensch, W.

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Folder 25 Jepson, Glenn L. (1931-1937)

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Box 10

Folders 1-2 Jepson, Glenn L. (cont'd) (1938-1945)

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Folder 3 Jex-Justice

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Folders 4-5 Kay, J. Leroy (1929-1945)

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Folder 6 Kaempfer-Kassel

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Folder 7 Keegan-Kemler. Includes Arthur Remington Kellogg (1922-1941)

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Folder 8 Kenner-Kew

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Folder 9 Kimzey-Kindle, Edward M. (1921-1933)

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Folder 10 Kinsey, C. A. (1928-1929)-Kitrick

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Folder 11 Klinger-Knowlton

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Folder 12 Koh, T. P.

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Folder 13 Kranz, F. (1909-1937)

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Folder 14 Krahl-Kunz

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Folder 15 Lala-Lambrecht

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Folder 16 Lancaster-LaVallette

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Folder 17 Leave Regulations

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Folder 18 Lee-Lewis

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Folder 19 Linderman-Lloyd

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Folder 20 Loeblich-Loomis, Richard

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Folder 21 Loomis, Frederic B. (1911-1937)

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Folder 22 Lucas, Frederic Augustus (1898-1901)

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Folders 23-24 Lull, Richard S. (1908-1932)

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Box 11

Folders 1-2 Lull, Richard S. (cont'd) (1933-1944)

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Folder 3 Lupton-Lucas

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Folder 4 Lyon, Marcus Ward, Jr. (1932-1938)

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Folder 5 MacDowell-Mapley

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Folder 6 Marchant-Martin

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Folder 7 Mather-Maxwell

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Folders 8-9 Matthew, William D. (1911-1926)

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Folder 10 McAtee-McCarty

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Folder 11 McEntire-McGrew

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Folder 12 McKee-McWilliams

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Folder 13 Meade-Metraux

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Folder 14 Merriam, Charles-Metszer

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Folders 15-16 Merriam, John C. (1911-1939)

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Folder 17 Merrill, George P. (1910-1929)

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Folder 18 Miller, Arthur M.-Mitchell

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Folder 19 Miller, Paul C. (1917-1942)

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Folder 20 Moller-Moorman

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Folders 21-22 Moodie, Roy L. (1910-1933)

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Folder 23 Mook, Charles C. (1931-1945)

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Folder 24 Moran-Moulton

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Box 12

Folder 1 Murphy-Mussaeus

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Folder 2 Nash-National Park Service

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Folder 3 Nelson-Neuwirth

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Folder 4 Nick-Nininger, Harvey Harlow (1926-1932)

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Folder 5 Noble-Nusbaum F.

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Folder 6 Oehser-Olson

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Folder 7 Osborn, Henry Fairfield (1913-1932)

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Folder 8 Ousdal-Overman

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Folder 9 Pack-Palmer

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Folder 10 Packard, Earl Leroy (1926-1941)

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Folder 11 Parks, W. A. (1920-1936)

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Folder 12 Parrish-Patterson

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Folder 13 Peaker-Person

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Folder 14 Peterson, O. A. (1911-1933)

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Folder 15 Peyer-Pilgrim

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Folder 16 Pope-Powell

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Folder 17 Pratt-Proctor

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Folder 18 Prentice, Sidney (c. 1923-1943)

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Folder 19 Quinn, James H. (1933-1935)

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Folder 20 Rapp-Raymond

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Folder 21 Reed, L. C.-Reger

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Folder 22 Reed, W. H. (1908-1914)

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Folder 23 Reeside, John B., Jr. (1924-1945)

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Folder 24 Reincsky-Reynolds

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Folder 25 Riabanin-Richardson

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Folders 26-27 Riggs, Elmer S. (1905, 1915-1942)

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Folder 28 Roberts-De Roin

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Box 13

Folders 1-2 Romer, Alfred S. (1924-1945)

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Folder 3 Rogers-Roop

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Folder 4 Rothrock-Rowe

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Folder 5 Rubey-Russel

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Folder 6 Russell, Loris Shano (1923-1940)

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Folder 7 Salathe-Santens

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Folder 8 Schaeffer-Schlaiksjer

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Folder 9 Schmidt, H.-Schmidt, Karl P.

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Folder 10 Schuchert, Charles (1906-1940)

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Folder 11 Schultz-Scott

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Folder 12 Sellards, Elias Howard (1913-1942)

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Folder 13 Setzler

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Folder 14 Shaner-Shufeldt

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Folder 15 Sheehan-Shuler

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Folder 16 Siegfriedt-Sisler

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Folder 17 Simpson, George Gaylord (1924-1942)

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Folder 18 Skinner-Slosson

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Folder 19 Smith, Charles F.-Smith, Hobart M.

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Folder 20 Soltman, Walter E.

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Folder 21 Speere-Spieker

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Folder 22 Stanton-Stark

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Folder 23 Sternberg-Stirton

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Folder 24 Stock, Chester (1915-1945)

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Folder 25 Stokes-Sutton

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Box 14

Folder 1 Sullivan, J. Magruder (1927-1945)

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Folder 2 Swinton, W. E.

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Folder 3 Tallant-Temple

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Folder 4 Taylor, Edward H. (1940-1942)

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Folder 5 Theis-Throckmorton. Includes Malcolm R. Thorpe (1924-1937)

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Folder 6 Tiken-Townsend

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Folder 7 Trager-Turner

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Folder 8 United States Geological Survey

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Folder 9 Van Hoepen-Vavra

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Folder 10 Vokes, Harold E. (1940-1941)-Voorhees

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Folder 11 Wade, Joseph S.

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Folder 12 Walcott, Charles D. (1924-1926)-Walker, George

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Folder 13 Walker, Merl V. (1931-1944)

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Folder 14 Warren-Watkins

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Folders 15-17 Wetmore, Alexander (1925-1945)

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Folder 18 Weaver-Weinberg

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Folder 19 Wells-Westwood

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Folder 20 Wherry-White

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Folder 21 Wieland, G. R.

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Folder 22 Wilfarth-Williams

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Folder 23 Williston, Samuel Wendell (1909-1917)

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Folder 24 Wilson-Wiman

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Folder 25 Witter, R. V.

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Folder 26 Wood, Horace Elmer II (1925-1938)

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Folder 27 Wortman-Wright

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Folder 28 Young, Chung-Chien

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Folder 29 Yost, Walter (1939-1945)

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Folder 30 Zangerl, Ranier

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Folder 31 Miscellaneous (l folder)

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Series 4

Vertebrate Fossils Identifications, 1889-1904.

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Folders 1-10 Vertebrate Fossils identifications, 1889-thru 1904. Arranged chronologically. Most of the material appears to be notes on fossil specimens sent in to the Division for examination and report. However, there are copies of accession lists containing fossils sent to the Division for permanent retention.

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Series 5

Examination and Reports, and Outgoing Correspondence, 1911-1920, 1930-1940, 1946-May 1957, and undated.

The material from 1930-1940 is arranged chronologically. From 1946-1957, material is arranged (with the exception of a single folder which also contains 1946 material) chronologically by fiscal year (July-June) and alphabetically thereunder.

This material was labeled by the Division, "Examination and Reports," and though a good portion of this material contains correspondence pertaining to the identification of fossil specimens which had come in to the United States National Museum for just such a purpose, there is also outgoing correspondence pertaining to inquiries on vertebrate paleontology; acknowledgments for receipt of fossils given to the USNM; requests from universities for publications; requests by Smithsonian staff members to publish outside the Smithsonian; staff salaries and staff positions; requests for funds for the purchasing of fossil collections; requests for funds for attending professional meetings; plans and fund requests for research field trips; reports on field explorations and fossil collections made during the exploration; and annual report material. Important correspondents include Ray S. Bassler, David H. Dunkle, William F. Foshag, Charles Lewis Gazin, and Arthur Remington Kellogg.

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Folder 11 1911-1923, and undated

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Folders 12-19 1913-1923

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Folder 20 1930-1940

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Box 16

1946 (A-W)-July 1950-June 1951 (C-D)

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Box 17

July 1950-June 1951 (E-G)-July 1952-June 1953 (L-N)

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Box 18

July 1952-June 1953 (O-R)-July 1955-June 1956 (A)

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Box 19

July 1955-June 1956 (B)-June 1956-May 1957 (L)

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Box 20

Folders 1-7 June 1956-May 1957 (M-Z)

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Series 6

Article Drafts, Notes, Speeches, and Radio Talks. Arranged alphabetically by title.

The majority of the series contents was written by Charles W. Gilmore.

Box 20

Folder 8 Charles W. Gilmore. Alamosaurus (?). "Position of the Skeletal Parts as They Lay Embedded in the Ground;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Animal Terrors of Past Ages, Dinosaurs;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Ancient Frogs and Salamanders;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Birds From the Rocks." Radio talk, WRC, February 4, 2 drafts; Charles W. Gilmore. "Brachyceratops, The Smallest American Horned Dinosaur;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Ceratosaurus, A Flesh-Eating Dinosaur."

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Folder 9 Oliver Perry Hay. "Charleston Fossils."

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Folder 10 Charles W. Gilmore. "Collecting Fossil Footprints in Arizona;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Dimetrodon, The Extinct Fin-Backed Reptile." Also, another draft pertaining to Dimetrodon without title; Charles W. Gilmore. "The Dinosaur National Monument and its Fossils;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Dinosaurs." 3 drafts including one that was presented over radio station WJSV, July 31, 1941; Charles W. Gilmore. "Diplodocus, An Amphibious Dinosaur." 2 drafts.

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Folder 11 Charles W. Gilmore. "Discovery of Extinct Buffaloes in Minnesota;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Extinct Monsters of North America."

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Folder 12 Charles W. Gilmore. "Footprints of Unknown Vertebrate Animals in the Carboniferous and Permian of the Grand Canyon, Arizona;" Charles W. Gilmore. "A Fossil Bird With Teeth;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Birds;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Footprints Found in Texas;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Footprints From the Grand Canyon." Speech given in New Haven, Connecticut, December 1925; Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Footprints From the Grand Canyon. Abstract; Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Footprints In Coconino (Permian) Sandstone From the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona;" Charles W. Gilmore. "A Fossil Horned Rodent From Kansas."

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Folder 13 Dr. Noble. "Fossil Lizards."

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Folder 14 Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Tracks and Trails." Presented over radio station WCAP, March 27, 1925; Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Tracks from the Grand Canyon." Abstract for the Washington Academy of Sciences, April, 1927. Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Tracks from the Grand Canyon. Radio talk, May 11, 1927; Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Tracks from the Grand Canyon;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Fossil Tracks of the Grand Canyon." Paper given before the National Academy of Sciences, April 26, 1927; Charles W. Gilmore. "A Giant Fossil Fish;" Charles W. Gilmore. "James Williams Gidley."

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Folder 15 Charles W. Gilmore. "Oliver Perry Hay;" Charles W. Gilmore. "A History of Dinosaurs(?)." A portion of the typed draft is missing; Charles W. Gilmore. "The Horned Dinosaurs;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Horned Dinosaurs."

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Box 21

Folder 1 Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr. "Mammalogy;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Marsh, A Pioneer of American Vertebrate Paleontology;" Charles W. Gilmore. Miscellaneous Material; Charles W. Gilmore. "A New Carnivorous Dinosaur from the Lance Formation of Montana."

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Folder 2 Charles W. Gilmore. "A New Crocodilian From the Eocene of Utah;" Charles W. Gilmore. "New Fossil Lizards From the Upper Cretaceous of Utah;" Charles W. Gilmore. Notes: (1) "On the Spread Foot of the Mammals," by M. Westenhofer; (2) Ophidians.

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Folder 3 Charles W. Gilmore. "Notes on Pteranodon With Description of a Few Species;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Notes on Recently Mounted Reptile Skeletons in the United States National Museum;" Charles W. Gilmore. "On the Osteology of the Extinct Marine Turtle;" Charles W. Gilmore. "On the Upper Cretaceous Dinosaur, Troodon Validus (Lambe)," presented for Gilmore by John A. Allan at the Royal Society of Canada, May, 1924; Charles W. Gilmore. "Paleontology."

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Folder 4 Charles W. Gilmore. "On the Vertebrate Fauna of the Two Medicine Formation, Upper Cretaceous of Montana."

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Folder 5 Charles W. Gilmore. "Sidney Clark Prentice;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Pseudo Fossils;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Preliminary Report on the Reptilian Fauna of the North Horn Formation in Central Utah;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Remarks on Grand Canyon Fossil Tracks;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Reptile Reconstruction in the U. S. National Museum."

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Folder 6 Charles W. Gilmore. "Reptiles of the Past."

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Folder 7 Charles W. Gilmore. Reptilian Fauna of the North Horn Formation of Central Utah. Part 1, "Osteology of Alamosaurus, a Sauropod Dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous." Part 3, "Description of a New Species of the Ceratopsia." Part 4, "A Review of the Fauna."

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Folder 8 Charles W. Gilmore. "Skeleton of a Baby Dinosaur;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Skin of the Mammoth." (2 drafts); Charles W. Gilmore. "Some New Dinosaur Restorations."

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Folder 9 Charles W. Gilmore. "Stegosaurus, An Armored Dinosaur." Typewritten copy with photographs.

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Folder 10 Charles W. Gilmore. "Stegosaurus, An Armored Dinosaur." Handwritten draft (incomplete).

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Folder 11 Charles W. Gilmore. "Stegosaurus, An Armored Dinosaur." Unarranged portion of handwritten draft, and notes.

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Folder 12 Charles W. Gilmore. "Charles H. Steinberg;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Thescelosaurus, A Bird-Footed Dinosaur." 2 drafts; Charles W. Gilmore. "Titanotheres;" Charles W. Gilmore. "Trachodon, The Duck-Billed Dinosaur."

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Folder 13 Charles W. Gilmore. "Triceratops, A Horned Dinosaur;" Charles W. Gilmore. "A History of the United States National Museum, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology."

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Folder 14 Charles W. Gilmore. "Vertebrate Paleontology, A History." 2 drafts.

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