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The Department of Geology, chaired by G. Arthur Cooper, is split into the Department of Mineral Sciences and the Department of Paleobiology. The new Department of Mineral Sciences, chaired by George S. Switzer, consists of three divisions: Mineralogy, Meteorites, Petrology. The new Department of Paleobiology, chaired by Cooper, consists of four divisions: Invertebrate Paleontology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Paleobotany, Sedimentology.


  • Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • The approval for this reorganization came on August 20, 1963; the actual reorganization occurred on October 15, 1963.
  • Yochelson, Ellis L. The National Museum of Natural History: 75 Years in the Natural History Building. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 10.
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 81-2.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1964. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1965, p. 6.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 328, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology, Records, 1930-1932, 1937-1984 and undated, with related materials from 1882, Box 2, Folder 1, Annual Report, Department of Paleobiology, Fiscal Year 1964, by G. Arthur Cooper, Curator, p. 1.

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


October 15, 1963


  • Geology
  • Switzer, George S
  • Reorganizations
  • United States National Museum

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