Vertebrate Paleontology Archives

The Division of Paleontology houses an extensive archive of correspondence, field journals, maps, illustrations, and administrative paperwork associated with the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology (archival materials relating to invertebrate paleontology are housed with the archives of the Division of Invertebrates, with which the department of fossil invertebrates was formerly associated).

Materials in the archive are important in placing the fossil specimens in greater historical and scientific context. They contain records of expeditions to collect specimens and often include details on the lives of the field crew during these expeditions and the larger cultural and social context in which they occurred. They also illustrate how these findings were interpreted at the time of discovery and how those interpretations may have changed over time as successive generations of scientists studied them.

The archives are open to bona fide academic visitors, subject to appointment. Procedures for requesting access to the archives, together with the rest of the Division's collections, can be found on the visitors page of this site. 

A selection of archival materials has been made available on-line. These can be accessed by following the links below.

Vertebrate Paleontology Archives Contacts

Acting Curator-in-Charge
Dr. Michael Novacek
[email protected]

Visitors
Susan Bell
[email protected]