Agency history, 1942-1963

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  • Buzas, Martin A
  • Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000
  • Kier, Porter M
  • Kauffman, Erle G (Erle Galen) 1933-
  • Cifelli, Richard
  • Boardman, Richard S
  • Loeblich, Alfred R (Alfred Richard) 1914-
  • Resser, Charles Elmer 1889-1943
  • Hueber, Francis M
  • Bowsher, Arthur Leroy 1917-
  • Nicol, David


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum
  • The Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany was established on June 17, 1942, as a result of a reorganization in the Department of Geology, United States National Museum. At that time, the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology was abolished and its responsibilities were assumed by the new Division. Charles Elmer Resser, Curator, and G. Arthur Cooper, Associate Curator of the old Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology, assumed similar positions in the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany. In 1963, the Department of Geology was abolished as a result of a reorganization in the Museum of Natural History. The Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany and the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology were joined to form the new Department of Paleobiology.
  • Curators of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany included Charles Elmer Resser, Curator, 1942-1943; G. Arthur Cooper, Associate Curator and Curator, 1942-1961; Alfred R. Loeblich, Associate Curator, 1946-1957; A. L. Bowsher, Associate Curator, 1948-1954; David Nicol, Associate Curator, 1949-1958; Porter M. Kier, Associate Curator, 1957-1963; Richard S. Boardman, Associate Curator and Curator, 1958-1963; Richard Cifelli, Associate Curator, 1960-1963; Erle G. Kauffman, Assistant Curator and Associate Curator, 1960-1963; Francis M. Hueber, Associate Curator, 1963; and Martin A. Buzas, Associate Curator, 1963.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1942
  • 1942-1963


  • Invertebrates, Fossil
  • Paleoontology
  • Paleobotany
  • Paleontology
  • Invertebrate paleontology
  • Paleobiology


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00050

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