Paul E. Desautels

ID: SIA2013-03903

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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Summary

Paul E. Desautels (1920-1991), a mineralogist, curator of the Department of Gems and Minerals, at the National Museum of Natural History, holds a mineral specimen in his hands. Storage cabinets are visible in the background. He was Associate Curator and Curator of the Division of Mineral Sciences from 1963-1983.

Subject

  • Desautels, Paul E
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of the museum in 1975.
  • In 1957 Desautels left teaching to take a position as Curator of Gems and Minerals in the Department of Mineral Sciences of the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, DC, a position he was to hold for the next 25 years. During his tenure as Curator he actively pursued acquisitions. One of his foremost achievements was the acquisition in 1970 of the Carl Bosch collection of 25,000 mineral specimens.
  • See Negs. SIA2013-03902 through SIA2013-03905 for other photos of Paul Desautels.

Contained within

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

Contact information

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

Date

1975

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Topic

  • Mineralogy
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Mineralogists
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Person, candid
  • Slide

ID Number

SIA2013-03903

Physical description

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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