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Record Unit 7348

Emlong, Douglas R., 1942-1980

Douglas Ralph Emlong Papers, 1943-1980

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Emlong, Douglas R., 1942-1980
Title: Douglas Ralph Emlong Papers
Dates: 1943-1980
Quantity: 1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box) (1 oversize folder)
Collection: Record Unit 7348
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers document Douglas Ralph Emlong's work as a collector of marine mammal fossils, his association with NMNH, and his personal life. Included is correspondence between Emlong and NMNH paleontologists A. Remington Kellogg and Clayton Edward Ray documenting his early interest in fossil collecting and the development and sale of his collection; field notes and collecting records; photographs and slides of Emlong, his family, and his art work; manuscripts, mostly fictional, written by Emlong; tapes and sheet music of songs written and performed by Emlong; biographical information, newspaper clippings, and obituaries; high school papers; oversize oil paintings by Emlong; and a copy of the NMNH accession record for the Emlong collection.

Historical Note

Douglas Ralph Emlong (1942-1980) was an amateur collector of marine mammal fossils. He amassed a large collection of fossils from the vicinity of his home on the Oregon coast and later sold them to the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in 1971. The collection included fifteen new species of marine mammals and two previously unknown families. He continued to collect for NMNH until his death, and for many years his work was supported by the Smithsonian Research Foundation. Emlong was also an amateur artist and lyricist.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers document Emlong's work as a collector of marine mammal fossils, his association with NMNH, and his personal life. Included is correspondence between Emlong and NMNH paleontologists A. Remington Kellogg and Clayton E. Ray documenting his early interest in fossil collecting and the development and sale of his collection; field notes and collecting records; photographs and slides of Emlong, his family, and his art work; manuscripts, mostly fictional, written by Emlong; tapes and sheet music of songs written and performed by Emlong; biographical information, newspaper clippings, and obituaries; high school papers; oversize oil paintings by Emlong; and a copy of the NMNH accession record for the Emlong collection.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7348, Douglas Ralph Emlong Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Notes and Correspondence, 1958-1980 (5 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Locality Notes, 1962-1980 (7 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Agreement of Sale of Fossil Vertebrates with Smithsonian Institution, 1967

Box 1 of 2

Douglas Emlong Term Papers, 1958-1959

Box 1 of 2

Douglas Emlong Aetiocetus Manuscript, 1968

Box 1 of 2

"Morning of Immortality" and "Love and the Immortals," by Douglas Emlong

Box 1 of 2

"Advent of Immortality," by Douglas Emlong (2 folders)

Box 1 of 2

Box 2

Douglas Emlong Music

Box 2 of 2

Douglas Emlong Music (audiotape)

Box 2 of 2

Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1977 and undated (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2

Photographs, 1942-1963 and undated

Box 2 of 2

Slides, 1980 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 2

Negatives, 1975 and undated

Box 2 of 2

Douglas Emlong Memorabilia, 1959-1980

Box 2 of 2

Henry Emlong Death Certificate and Ralph Emlong Birth Certificate

Box 2 of 2

Douglas Emlong's Death, 1980

Box 2 of 2

Douglas Emlong Obituaries, 1980

Box 2 of 2

Condolence Letters to Jennie Emlong, 1980

Box 2 of 2

Jennie Emlong Correspondence, 1981

Box 2 of 2
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Three paintings and one watercolor showing the different stages of marine life on earth, painted by Douglas Emlong

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