Agency history, 1963-

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  • Henderson, Edward P (Edward Porter) 1898-
  • Clarke, Roy S
  • Fredriksson, Kurt
  • Mason, Brian (Brian Harold) 1917-2009
  • Fudali, Robert F
  • Jarosewich, Eugene
  • MacPherson, Glenn J
  • Nelen, Joseph A
  • McCoy, Timothy J


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.
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  • The Division of Meteorites was established in 1963 as part of a reorganization in the Museum of Natural History. At that time, the Department of Geology was divided into two new departments, Paleobiology and Mineral Sciences. Meteorites became a division of the Department of Mineral Sciences. Prior to 1963, the national collection of meteorites was under the care of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology of the Department of Geology.
  • Professional staff of the Division of Meteorites have included Edward P. Henderson, Associate Curator, Curator, and Curator Emeritus, 1963-1988; Roy S. Clarke, Chemist, Associate Curator, Curator, and Curator Emeritus, 1963- ; Kurt Fredriksson, Curator and Geochemist, 1964-1992; Brian Harold Mason, Curator and Curator Emeritus, 1965- ; Robert F. Fudali, Geochemist, 1966-1996; Eugene Jarosewich, Chemist, 1967-1973; Joseph A. Nelen, Chemist, 1967-1973; Glenn J. MacPherson, Associate Curator and Curator, 1984- ; and Timothy J. McCoy, Geologist, 1996- .
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

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  • 1963
  • 1963-


  • Meteorites
  • Geology


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00043

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