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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1w x 1 3/8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Slide
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
See image numbers SIA2013-03868, SIA2013-03869, SIA2013-03870, SIA2013-03871, SIA2013-03872, and SIA2013-03873 for additional photos.
The paleontological collections of the Smithsonian Institution were a part of the Department of Geology, United States National Museum (USNM) from 1880 until its dissolution in 1963. The Department of Paleobiology was created in 1963 as part of a reorganization in the Museum of Natural History. At that time, the Department of Geology was divided into two departments, with the Divisions of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany and Vertebrate Paleontology joined to form the Department of Paleobiology.
Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of NMNH in 1975.
See Record Unit 000328, National Museum of Natural History, Box 5, for a list of research reports by Richard H. Benson.
As he talks to a woman seated at a desk, Richard H. Benson (1929-2003), 1964-1978, curator at the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology, and expert on animal forms, points to a place in South America on a geographical map of the world behind him with his left hand. Benson holds papers in his right hand. A data entry machine and papers are on the desk. An image of an invertebrate fossil specimen is displayed on an easel.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier