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Photograph included in the transcript of G. Arthur Cooper Interview by Pamela M. Henson, January 5, 1984, in Smithsonian Institution Archives
In search for the Permian brachiopods in the Glass Mountains of Texas, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) Cooper 1902-2000, paleobiologist at the National Museum of Natural History, stands beside his car, nicknamed the "Emerald Queen," used in the field. Cooper, a paleobiologist specializing in the classification and stratigraphy of Paleozoic brachiopods, was appointed Assistant Curator in the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology of the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1930. He advanced to Curator of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology in 1944. He assumed the Head Curatorship of the Department of Geology in 1957, oversaw its split in 1963, and continued as Chairman of the new Department of Paleobiology. In 1967, he was appointed Senior Paleobiologist, to devote his time completely to research, and continued as Paleobiologist Emeritus after his retirement in 1974. Throughout his career he conducted extensive field work in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, adding significantly to the national collections.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews