Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 269
National Museum of Natural History. Division of Meteorites
Correspondence, 1963-1970 and undated
The Division of Meteorites was established in 1963 as part of a reorganization in the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). At that time the Department of Geology was divided into two new departments, Paleobiology and Mineral Sciences. Prior to 1963, the NMNH collection of meteorites was under the care of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology of the Department of Geology (see Record Unit 268). Staff of the Division of Meteorites included Edward P. Henderson, associate curator in charge, 1963-1964, curator, 1965-1966, and research associate, 1966- ; Roy S. Clarke, Jr., chemist, 1963-1966, and associate curator, 1966- ; Kurt Fredriksson, curator in charge, 1964-1966, and curator 1967- , including the years 1967-1968 when he also served as supervisor; Brian H. Mason, curator, 1965- , including 1968 when he also served as supervisor; Robert F. Fudali, geochemist, 1967- ; Eugene Jarosewich, chemist, 1967- ; and Joseph A. Nelen, chemist, 1967- .
This record unit consists of correspondence documenting the operation of the Division of Meteorites, 1963-1970. The correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and concerns the identification and acquisition of specimens; the publication of scientific manuscripts; exhibits; participation in professional societies; and divisional administration. Of special interest is correspondence concerning the acquisition of the Arthur R. Allen Meteorite Collection, 1963-1964, and Edward P. Henderson's collecting work in Australia, 1963-1965. Correspondents include geologists and mineralogists, meteorite collectors and dealers, Smithsonian and NMNH staff and administrators, government agencies, and the general public. The correspondence is primarily directed to curators Henderson (after 1966, research associate), Clarke (prior to 1966, chemist), Fredriksson, and Mason. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Henderson, Edward P. (Edward Porter), 1898-
- Clarke, Roy S.
- Fredriksson, Kurt
- Mason, Brian Harold, 1917-
- Fudali, Robert F.
- Jarosewich, Eugene
- Nelen, Joseph A.
- Arthur R. Allen Meteorite Collection
- United States National Museum. Department of Geology
- United States National Museum. Division of Mineralogy and Petrology
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 269, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Meteorites, Correspondence