Vertebrate Paleontology & Geology Exhibit, Conference on Future of SI

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To the right is the Vertebrate Paleontology Exhibit at the Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian, February 11, 1927, with James W. Gidley (1866-1931), Assistant Curator of Mammalian Fossils, seated beside exhibit panels. The panel on Vertebrate Paleontology includes: at the top two pictures of fossil bone deposits from Florida; on the second row, below pictures in the middle, is a fossil of a human skull, to its right a fossil of the lower jaw of an extinct horse and to its left a fossil of the lower jaw of an extinct tapir; on the table from left to right is the hind foot of an African elephant, (then Gidley), a portion of a mammoth skeleton, behind it a tusk; unidentified object and the fore foot. The label below reads "Portions of Mammoth Skeleton." Behind Gidley is the Physical and Chemical Geology Exhibit.


  • Conference on the Future of the Smithsonian Institution
  • National Museum of Natural History. (U.S.) Division of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Geology
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • See image number SIA2009-4244 for a better view and description of the Physical and Chemical Geology Exhibit.
  • Gidley began his career at the United States National Museum in 1905. In 1908, he was promoted to Custodian of Fossil Mammals in the newly created Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, and promoted to Assistant Curator in 1912.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 46, Box 32, folder - Tamblyn and Brown: Endowment Fund Campaign, Conference Exhibits (including photographs of curators and assistant curators formally posed with department exhibits)

Contact information

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


  • Febuary 11, 1927
  • 1927

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions


  • Meetings
  • Paleontology, Vertebrate
  • Gidley, James W
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
  • Employees
  • Paleontology
  • Elephants
  • Vertebrate Paleontology Exhibit
  • Mammoths
  • Fossils
  • Animals
  • Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleontologists
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Exhibitions
  • Bones
  • Skeleton
  • National Collections
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Elephants, Fossil


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid
  • Exhibit

ID Number

17883-A or MNH-17883A

Physical description

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

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