G. Arthur Cooper

ID: SIA2013-03899

Creator: Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-

Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier

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G. Arthur Cooper sits back in his chair at a workstation. On his desk are a desk blotter, eye glasses, boxes holding fossil specimens, stapler, scissors, and other items. A storage cabinet with doors sits above other cabinets with drawers. There is a microscope on a table to his right.


  • Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology Division of Invertebrate Paleontology
  • United States National Museum Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then
  • G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) Cooper (1902-2000), a paleobiologist specializing in the classification and stratigraphy of Paleozoic brachiopods, was appointed Assistant Curator in the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology of the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1930. He advanced to Curator of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology in 1944. He assumed the Head Curatorship of the Department of Geology in 1957, oversaw its split in 1963, and continued as Chairman of the new Department of Paleobiology. In 1967, he was appointed Senior Paleobiologist, to devote his time completely to research, and continued as Paleobiologist Emeritus after his retirement in 1974.
  • See Negatives SIA2013-03893 through SIA2013-03899 for other photos of G. Arthur Cooper examining specimens.Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of NMNH in 1975.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu



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  • Storage facilities
  • Paleoontology
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Paleontology
  • Fossils
  • Paleobiologists
  • Museum storage facilities
  • Equipment
  • Optical instruments
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Microscopes
  • Fossil Invertebrates
  • Museum directors
  • Paleobiology
  • Research--Equipment and supplies
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


Washington (D.C.)


  • Person, candid
  • Slide

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1"w x 1 3.7"h ; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Slide

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