Correspondence, 1882-1974

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  • Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the identification, examination and acquisition of fossils; annual reports; personnel matters; grants; participation in professional societies; publications; field work; exhibitions; and divisional administration. Records predating 1887 were created by the Department of Comparative Anatomy.
  • Curators represented in these materials include Othniel Charles Marsh, Honorary Curator, 1887-1899; Frederic A. Lucas, Curator, intermittently from 1889 to 1904; James William Gidley, Preparator, Custodian of Fossil Mammals, and Assistant Curator, 1905-1931; Charles W. Gilmore, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, and Curator, 1911-1945; C. Lewis Gazin, Assistant Curator, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Paleobiologist, 1932-1970; David Hosbrook Dunkle, Associate Curator, 1946-1967; Peter Paul Vaughn, Associate Curator, 1957-1959; Nicholas Hotton, Associate Curator, Curator, and Curator Emeritus, 1959- ; Clayton Edward Ray, Associate Curator, Curator, and Curator Emeritus, 1964- ; and Robert J. Emry, Associate Curator and Curator, 1971- .


  • Dunkle, David Hosbrook
  • Emry, Robert J
  • Gazin, C. Lewis (Charles Lewis) 1904-1996
  • Gidley, James Williams 1866-1931
  • Gilmore, Charles W (Charles Whitney) 1874-1945
  • Hotton, Nicholas
  • Lucas, Frederic A (Frederic Augustus) 1852-1929
  • Marsh, Othniel Charles 1831-1899
  • Ray, Clayton Edward
  • Vaughn, Peter Paul 1928-
  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Division of Comparative Anatomy


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Repository Loc.

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


  • 1882
  • 1882-1974


  • Paleoontology
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
  • Vertebrate paleontology
  • Paleontology
  • Paleobiology



Local number

SIA RS00251

Physical description

7.59 cu. ft. processed holdings

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