Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7360
Kier, Porter M.
Porter M. Kier Papers, 1957-1985
Porter M. Kier (1927- ), an invertebrate paleontologist and museum administrator, received his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University in 1954. He joined the staff of the United States National Museum in 1957 when he was appointed Associate Curator in the Department of Geology. In 1966, Kier was promoted to Curator in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and from 1967 to 1972 served as Chairman of the Department. He was appointed Director of NMNH in 1973. Kier stepped down from administration in 1979 and resumed his research career as a Senior Scientist. He remained in the position until his retirement in 1985.
Kier was a leading authority on fossil and living echinoids. He served as President of the Paleontological Society of America (PSA), from 1971 to 1972, and as Editor of its publication, Journal of Paleontology, from 1965 to 1970.
This collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting Porter M. Kier's research and curatorial careers. The letters concern the identification, exchange, and acquisition of specimens; the publication of scientific papers; field work; and professional activities, especially his work for the PSA.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Kier, Porter M.
- University of Cambridge
- United States National Museum. Department of Geology
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Paleobiology
- Paleontological Society of America
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7360, Porter M. Kier Papers