National Museum of Natural History. Department of Vertebrate Zoology Search this
6.5 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
This record unit consists of records of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology, primarily under the chairmanships of George E. Watson and Robert H. Gibbs, Jr., with additional
material from the tenures of Philip S. Humphrey, George R. Zug, W. Ronald Heyer, and Richard W. Thorington, Jr. The records include memoranda, correspondence, and subject
files relating to committee, council, and professional society meetings; budget; annual reports; computerization; security; building renovations; space planning; collections
management; division activities and staffing; international relations; relations with Congress; and information on professional societies and programs of interest to the Department.
Subject files of special interest focus on the growing emphasis on computers in the Department, national and international information exchanges, space problems and the establishment
of the Museum Support Center at Silver Hill, construction of the Osteo-Prep Laboratory in the east courtyard, appointment of Porter M. Kier as Director of the National Museum
of Natural History (NMNH), and involvement in international research programs in the Caribbean and Brazil.
Philip S. Humphrey, the first Chairman of the Department, served from 1964 to 1968. He was succeeded by George E. Watson, 1968 to 1972; Robert H. Gibbs, Jr., 1972 to
1978; George R. Zug, 1978 to 1983; and W. Ronald Heyer, 1984 to 1987. In September of 1987, Richard W. Thorington, Jr. took the post.
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Mineral Sciences Search this
12.5 cu. ft. (25 document boxes)
1936, 1938, 1948-1977 and undated
This record unit consists of correspondence documenting the operation of the Department of Mineral Sciences, 1963-1977, and its predecessor the Division of Mineralogy
and Petrology of the Department of Geology, 1948-1963. With the exception of a few letters, correspondence of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology prior to 1948 is not
included in the record unit. The correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and concerns the identification and acquisition of specimens; participation in professional societies
and mineral exhibitions; the publication of scientific manuscripts; and departmental and divisional administration. Correspondents include geologists and mineralogists, gemologists,
jewelers, mineral collectors and dealers, colleges and universities, mining companies, publishers, government agencies, and the general public. Correspondence prior to 1963
is mostly directed to Curator George S. Switzer and Associate Curator Paul E. Desautels. Correspondence after 1963 is primarily carried out by Departmental Chairmen Switzer,
Brian H. Mason, and William G. Melson. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
The Department of Mineral Sciences was created in 1963 as part of a reorganization in the National Museum of Natural History. At that time the Department of Geology
was divided into two new departments, with the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology becoming the Department of Mineral Sciences and the Divisions of Invertebrate Paleontology
and Paleobotany and Vertebrate Paleontology joined to form the Department of Paleobiology. George S. Switzer become the first chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences
in 1963 and served until 1968. Other incumbents included Brian H. Mason, 1968-1973; and William G. Melson, 1973-1978. Staff of the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology included
William F. Foshag, assistant curator, 1919-1929, curator, 1929-1948, and acting curator, 1948-1956; Edward P. Henderson, associate curator, 1942-1963 (Henderson also served
as assistant curator in the Division of Physical and Chemical Geology from 1929 to 1942); George S. Switzer, associate curator, 1948-1956, acting curator, 1957, and curator,
1958-1963; Paul E. Desautels, associate curator, 1957-1963; and Roy S. Clarke, Jr., chemist, 1957-1963. In 1963 Henderson and Clarke were assigned to the Division of Meteorites,
and Desautels to the Division of Mineralogy. Therefore, after 1963, they are not represented in this correspondence.
Photographs made in Patagonia by John Bell Hatcher during his expeditions to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. They document Tehuelche and Yahgan Indians, dwellings, and the natural environment.
John Bell Hatcher (1861-1904) was a paleontologist known for his work at Yale and Princeton Universities and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Hatcher was born in Cooperstown, Illinois, but shortly thereafter his family permanently settled in Iowa. After studying for a few months at Grinnell College, Iowa, he transferred to Yale University, where he met paleontologist Othniel Marsh. Following Hatcher's graduation in 1884, he worked as Marsh's assistant, and in 1893 left Yale to became curator of vertebrate paleontology at Princeton University. During his time with Princeton, Hatcher made three expeditions to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (1896-1899) under the university's sponsorship. During these expedtitions, he also worked under commission by the Bureau of American Ethnology to collect artifacts and make photographs of the Tehuelche and Yahgan Indians, most of which were then purchased by the National Museum. Hatcher was appointed curator of peolontology and osteology at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh in 1900, though his narrative of the Patagonia expeditions was published by Princeton in 1903.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 124
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Additional Hatcher photographs held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 14, Photo Lot 24 and Photo Lot 97
Correspondence to and from Hatcher is held in National Anthropological Archives MS 4029 and the records of the Bureau of American Ethnology and in the Smithsonian Institution Archives in SIA RU000248.
Artifacts collected by Hatcher are held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 035249 and 035895.
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John Bell Hatcher photographs relating to Patagonia, circa 1896-1899