Smithsonian Publishes "Paleontology of the Upper Missouri"

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Fielding B. Meek and Ferdinand V. Hayden's "Paleontology of the Upper Missouri" is published in volume 14 of Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. It is based on geological collections gathered by Meek and Hayden during expeditions made over the previous twelve years. Meek joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution in 1858 as the Institution's first full-time paleontologist. In lieu of salary, Joseph Henry allotted Meek living quarters in the Smithsonian Institution Building, where he lives until his death in 1876. Hayden also resides in the Smithsonian Institution Building at various times during his career.


  • Meek, Fielding Bradford
  • Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)
  • National Collections


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • This publication can be found at A finding aid to Fielding B. Meek's papers can be found at
  • Fielding B. Meek Papers, 1843-1877 and undated, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7062.

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