Division of Vertebrate Paleontology records, circa 1947-1974 and undated

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The collection of lantern slides is part of a larger collection of materials generated by the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology which can be found using the same record unit number (RU 424). The lantern slide collection consists of 107 3.25 x 4 inch glass lantern slides documenting the work of the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology from around 1900-1935. Some lantern slides have been hand painted to include the addition of color. The slides depict the excavation, preparation, installation and display of vertebrate animal specimens including both dinosaur and mammal skeletons and include images documenting expeditions by Erwin Hinckley Barbour, J.L. Wortman and James W. Gidley, Assistant Curator of the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1911-1931.

Date Range

circa 1900-1935

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  • Ceratopsidae
  • Elephantidae
  • Equidae
  • Merycoidodontidae
  • Diplodocidae
  • Animalia
  • Ceratops
  • Mammoths
  • Mastodons


  • Painted Desert
  • Alberta
  • Cheyenne River
  • South Dakota
  • Grand Canyon
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Melbourne
  • Dinosaur National Monument


Collection record

Accession #

SIA RU000424


107 lantern slides

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives