G. Arthur Cooper Displays James Hall Medal

ID: 97-9598

Creator: Krantz, Victor

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1986

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, Folder: November 1986

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact photos@si.edu.
Download IIIF Manifest Request permissions Download image Print

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


G. Arthur Cooper (1902-2000), paleobiologist and an expert on the geology of New York and other areas, received many honors, including the one he holds here, the James Hall Medal received in 1986 from the New York State Geological Survey. Cooper came to the Smithsonian in 1930 as assistant curator in the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology of the United States National Museum (USNM). In 1941, he advanced to associate curator and in 1944 to curator of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology. He was appointed head curator of the Department of Geology in 1957, and oversaw its division into the separate departments of Paleobiology and Mineral Sciences in 1963. He continued as chairman of the Department of Paleobiology through 1967 when he was appointed senior paleobiologist. After his retirement from federal service in 1974, he continued his research at the Smithsonian as paleobiologist emeritus until 1987.


  • Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Paleobiology
  • New York State Geological Survey
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Geology


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in TORCH, November 1986

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 5, Folder: November 1986

Contact information

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



Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Paleobiologists
  • James Hall Medal
  • Awards
  • Geology
  • Paleoontology
  • Rewards (Prizes, etc.)
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Medals
  • Museum curators
  • Paleobiology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number


Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

Full Record

View Full Record