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Agency history, 1897-1963

Creator:
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Subject:
Bassler, Ray S (Ray Smith) 1878-1961  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Foshag, William F (William Frederick) 1894-1956  Search this
Merrill, George P (George Perkins) 1854-1929  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Mineral Sciences  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1897
1897-1963
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00045
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217947

Agency history, 1942-1963

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany  Search this
Subject:
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Kauffman, Erle G (Erle Galen) 1933-  Search this
Cifelli, Richard  Search this
Boardman, Richard S  Search this
Loeblich, Alfred R (Alfred Richard) 1914-  Search this
Resser, Charles Elmer 1889-1943  Search this
Hueber, Francis M  Search this
Bowsher, Arthur Leroy 1917-  Search this
Nicol, David  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology  Search this
b Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Geology  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Vertebrate Paleontology  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1942
1942-1963
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Invertebrates, Fossil  Search this
Paleobotany  Search this
Invertebrate paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00050
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218017

Agency history, 1963-

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Subject:
Huber, Brian T  Search this
Benson, Richard H (Richard Hall) 1929-  Search this
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
DiMichele, William A  Search this
Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Macintyre, Ian G  Search this
Pierce, J. W (Jack Warren) 1927-  Search this
Wing, Scott L  Search this
Labandeira, Conrad Christopher 1950-  Search this
Erwin, Douglas H. 1958-  Search this
Sues, Hans-Dieter 1956-  Search this
Hunt, Gene 1973-  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
b Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Geology  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Vertebrate Paleontology  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1963
1963-
Topic:
Paleobiology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00048
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218111

G. Arthur Cooper and C. Lewis Gazin View Newly Renovated Fossil Exhibit

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Gazin, C. Lewis (Charles Lewis) 1904-1996  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
4 x 5;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1961
June 6, 1961
Topic:
Exhibitions  Search this
Fossils  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 16-126 [MNH-601D]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_391539

Portraits of G. Arthur Cooper, Samuel T. Suratt, and Walter H. Adey

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Suratt, Samuel T  Search this
Adey, Walter H  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1965
October 1965
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
Smithsonian Institution--Employees  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-45]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_371648

Paleobiologists Clayton E. Ray and G. Arthur Cooper

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Ray, Clayton Edward  Search this
Lipps, Emma Lewis  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1967
December 1967
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1154]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372192

G. Arthur Cooper Papers, 1962-1980

Creator:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Color transparencies
Collection descriptions
Date:
1962
1962-1980
Topic:
Zoo animals  Search this
Zoos  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-087
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_306827

G. Arthur Cooper Papers, 1926-1927

Creator:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Date:
1926
1926-1927
Topic:
Brachiopoda  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 09-009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_281993

Budget Records, 1950-1963

Creator:
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Foshag, William F (William Frederick) 1894-1956  Search this
Physical description:
.41 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1950
1950-1963
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Budget  Search this
Budget process  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00284
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Budget Records 1950-1963 [United States National Museum Department of Geology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217950

Research Records, 1948-1963

Creator:
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Foshag, William F (William Frederick) 1894-1956  Search this
Physical description:
.25 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1948
1948-1963
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00285
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Research Records 1948-1963 [United States National Museum Department of Geology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217951

Correspondence, 1896-1965

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany  Search this
Subject:
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Resser, Charles Elmer 1889-1943  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Physical description:
1.75 cu. ft. processed holdings
1.25 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1896
1896-1965
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Invertebrates, Fossil  Search this
Paleobotany  Search this
Invertebrate paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00287
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Correspondence 1896-1965 [United States National Museum Division of Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218019

Budget Records, 1964-1984

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Subject:
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Macintyre, Ian G  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
.25 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1964
1964-1984
Topic:
Paleobiology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Budget  Search this
Budget process  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00259
See more items in:
Budget Records 1964-1984 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219534

Grant Records, 1957-1980

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Subject:
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1957
1957-1980
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00260
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Grant Records 1957-1980 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219536

Chairmen's Records, 1963-1982

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Subject:
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
2 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1963
1963-1982
Topic:
Paleobiology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00265
See more items in:
Chairmen's Records 1963-1982 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219538

Subject Files, 1924-1984

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Subject:
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
Macintyre, Ian G  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Physical description:
6.75 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1924
1924-1984
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00267
See more items in:
Subject Files 1924-1984 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219540

Correspondence and Memoranda, 1941-2002, with materials from 1882 and 1885

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Subject:
DiMichele, William A  Search this
Benson, Richard H (Richard Hall) 1929-  Search this
Pierce, J. W (Jack Warren) 1927-  Search this
Macintyre, Ian G  Search this
Buzas, Martin A  Search this
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) 1902-2000  Search this
Grant, Richard E. 1927-1994  Search this
Kier, Porter M  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Geology  Search this
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
4.5 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1882
1882-2002
1941-2002, with materials from 1882 and 1885
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00268
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Correspondence and Memoranda 1941-2002, with materials from 1882 and 1885 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Paleobiology]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219542

G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews

Creator::
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur), 1902-2000, interviewee  Search this
Extent:
6 audiotapes (Reference copies). 10 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Date:
1984
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Cooper was interviewed for the Oral History Collection because of his long and distinguished scholarly and administrative career at the Institution spanning more than half a century.
Descriptive Entry:
Cooper was interviewed by Pamela M. Henson on three occasions in January of 1984. The interviews cover his childhood interest in natural history collections, his education, and his career as a curator of invertebrate paleobiology in the NMNH, notably his research, field work, care of the paleontological collection, administration, and reminiscences of colleagues such as Edwin Kirk, Charles E. Resser, Charles Schuchert, Edward O. Ulrich, Aldred Scott Warthin and Alexander Wetmore. For additional videotaped oral history interviews of Cooper, see Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9530, Smithsonian Institution Paleobiology Videohistory Interviews.
Historical Note:
Gustav Arthur Cooper (1902-2000), was a invertebrate paleobiologist in the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), specializing in the taxonomy and stratigraphy of Paleozoic brachiopods. He began collecting natural history specimens and minerals during his youth in New York. He received the B.S. degree from Colgate University in 1924 with a major in chemistry and the M.S. degree in 1926. He continued graduate work at Yale University with Drs. Carl O. Dunbar and Charles Schuchert, and was awarded the Ph.D. in 1929 for his thesis on the stratigraphy of the Hamilton formation. Under Schuchert's direction, he began research on fossil brachiopods, his life's work. While at Yale, he served as an Assistant Curator (1928-1929) and Research Associate (1929-1930) in the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology of the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

In 1930, Cooper was appointed Assistant Curator in the Division of Stratigraphic Paleontology of the United States National Museum (USNM). In 1941, he advanced to Associate Curator and in 1944 to Curator of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology. He assumed the Head Curatorship of the Department of Geology in 1957, and oversaw its division into separate departments of Paleobiology and Mineral Sciences in 1963. He continued as Chairman of the Department of Paleobiology until he was appointed Senior Paleobiologist in 1967. After his retirement from federal service in 1974, he continued his research as Paleobiologist Emeritus.

Cooper was known for his research on the taxonomy and stratigraphy of Paleozoic brachiopods. His major monographs include Ozarkian and Canadian Brachiopoda (1938 with E. O. Ulrich), Chazyan and Related Brachiopods (1956), Morphology, Classification, and Life Habits of Productoids (Brachiopoda) (1960 with Helen M. Muir-Wood), and Permian Brachiopods of West Texas, vols. 1-6 (1969-1977 with Richard E. Grant). He conducted field work in the United States, Canada, or Mexico virtually every year of his career at the USNM, significantly increasing both the range and depth of the national collections. Under his guidance, an acid-etching laboratory was established for work with silicified fossils, notably Permian brachiopods from the Glass Mountains in Texas. He also developed his own photographic laboratory, producing over fifty thousand images from the collections.

As an administrator, Cooper presided over a ten-fold increase in the paleobiology curatorial staff, from two in 1944 to twenty in 1967. He was the driving force behind the split of the Department of Geology into two separate departments in 1963. He also planned and supervised the move into the new wings of the Natural History Building (NHB) in 1963-1965.

Among the many honors bestowed upon him are the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America in 1983, the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal of the National Academy of Sciences in 1979, the Paleontological Society Medal in 1964, and the Mary Clark Thompson Medal of the National Academy of Sciences in 1958.
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Geology  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Transcripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
Identifier:
Record Unit 9524
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G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9524

Interviews

Collection Creator::
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur), 1902-2000, interviewee  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
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G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Interview 1: January 5, 1984

Collection Creator::
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur), 1902-2000, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
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G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews / Interviews
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Covers his youth, education, and career at the USNM, c. 1902-1965, including: family and childhood in Flushing, New York; mineral collecting with Arthur Payne; undergraduate major in chemistry at Colgate University, 1921-1924; stratigraphic research fo...

Collection Creator::
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur), 1902-2000, interviewee  Search this
Container:
Interviews
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9524, G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
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G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews
G. Arthur Cooper Oral History Interviews / Interviews
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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