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Jennie V. Emlong Oral History Interview

Creator::
Emlong, Jennie V., interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Date:
1980
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 student on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Jennie V. Emlong was interviewed for the Oral History Program to provide a full picture of her talented and multi-faceted son, Douglas Ralph Emlong, who had close ties with the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History.
Descriptive Entry:
Jennie V. Emlong was interviewed by Clayton Edward Ray on June 20, 1980 to provide a full picture of her talented and multi-faceted son, who possessed the unique personality characteristics requisite to the really successful collector. The interview covers his family background, childhood, education, development of interests in collecting, relationships with paleontologists, major fossil finds, artistic activities, and personality.
Historical Note:
Jennie Emlong's son, Douglas Ralph Emlong (1942-1980), was an amateur field collector of fossils in the Pacific Northwest. He had close ties with the Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of National History (NMNH) which purchased many of his collections and often supported his field work. Douglas Emlong was self-educated in paleontology and displayed an early penchant for collecting. During his childhood, he spent much of his time roaming the hills and desert of Southern California, collecting cacti, minerals, agates, and fossils. When he was in the eighth grade, his family moved to the Oregon coast, and he began collecting marine fossils found on the beach and in surrounding cliffs. For several years after high school, he operated a fossil and rock museum and shop, and lectured extensively on the paleontology of the Oregon coast. He became acquainted with many prominent West Coast paleontologists, notable Arnold Shotwell, in his search for information on the complex geology of the region.

Douglas Emlong's first contact with the Smithsonian was with A. Remington Kellogg of the NMNH who was interested in his fossil cetaceans. His relationship with the museum was solidified by Clayton E. Ray, curator of the Department of Paleobiology, who encouraged and funded Emlong's fossil collecting, and purchased his unique marine fossils.

Emlong possessed the individualistic and brilliant mind of the gifted amateur collector. He was largely self-taught, worked alone, and was truly enthralled by the search for clues to the past. These searches produced many new specimens of fossils, ranging from plants to invertebrates to marine mammals, notably fifteen new species of marine mammals and two previously unknown families. Emlong was a creative and intuitive individual. He was a musician and composer, a painter and a writer. He was intrigued by mysticism, telepathy, and other frontiers of human intellect.
Topic:
Mammalogy  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Collectors and collecting  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Genre/Form:
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9518, Jennie V. Emlong Oral History Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9518
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Jennie V. Emlong Oral History Interview
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru9518

Website Records

Topic:
Cerro Ballena (Website)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Place:
Atacama (Chile)
Date:
2014
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the "Cerro Ballena" website as it existed on June 16, 2014. Cerro Ballena is a unique paleontological site located in the Atacama Region of Chile. In 2010, paleontologists discovered a rich fossil site containing dozens of whale skeletons, along with the remains of other extinct marine mammals and other marine vertebrates. In 2011, paleontologists from Chile and the United States conducted rapid documentation and digitization of this site. This website provides information about the site and the project which was led by Nicholas D. Pyenson, Research Geologist in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology. The Digitization Program Office within the Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Chief Information Officer, provided three-dimensional digitization support for the project. Data from the digitization is not included in this accession. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Paleontological excavations  Search this
Whales, Fossil  Search this
Marine mammals, Fossil  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-251, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 14-251
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa14-251

Correspondence

Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Division of Mammals  Search this
Extent:
21 cu. ft. (21 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Date:
1961-2009
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the professional interactions of James G. Mead, Curator, 1972 - , with other museum staff, scientists, curators, professional societies, and the public. Mead specializes in marine mammal paleontology, particularly whales. Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as associated manuscripts, grant proposals, biographical materials, and other informational materials. Some materials are in electronic format. A small amount of materials was created by Mead prior to his appointment to the National Museum of Natural History.
Topic:
Museum curators  Search this
Scientists  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Whales, Fossil  Search this
Marine mammalogy  Search this
Paleobiology  Search this
Marine mammals, Fossil  Search this
Mammalogists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 09-255, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Mammals, Correspondence
Identifier:
Accession 09-255
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Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa09-255

Website Records

Topic:
Cerro Ballena (Website)
Creator::
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Electronic records
Place:
Atacama (Chile)
Date:
2016
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the "Cerro Ballena" website as it existed on December 8, 2016. Cerro Ballena is a unique paleontological site located in the Atacama Region of Chile. In 2010, paleontologists discovered a rich fossil site containing dozens of whale skeletons, along with the remains of other extinct marine mammals and other marine vertebrates. In 2011, paleontologists from Chile and the United States conducted rapid documentation and digitization of this site. This website provides information about the site and the project which was led by Nicholas D. Pyenson, Research Geologist in the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology. The Digitization Program Office within the Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Chief Information Officer, provided three-dimensional digitization support for the project. Data from the digitization is not included in this accession. Materials are in electronic format.
Topic:
Web sites  Search this
Museums -- Public relations  Search this
Paleontological excavations  Search this
Whales, Fossil  Search this
Marine mammals, Fossil  Search this
Genre/Form:
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-369, Smithsonian Institution, Website Records
Identifier:
Accession 17-369
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Website Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa17-369

Replicating whale fossils found in Chile

Creator:
Smithsonian Insider  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:06:01 +0000
Topic:
Science  Search this
See more posts:
Smithsonian Insider
Data Source:
Smithsonian Insider
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_6c3da0f0032fbd5cdc2433f11f6ecbed

Time Lapse 04_Short

Creator:
3D Smithsonian  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-11-23T15:48:36.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
See more by:
3DSmithsonianDigi
Data Source:
3D Smithsonian
YouTube Channel:
3DSmithsonianDigi
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_0ZqF5ZA4a2s

Time Lapse 04

Creator:
3D Smithsonian  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2011-11-19T03:54:52.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
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3DSmithsonianDigi
Data Source:
3D Smithsonian
YouTube Channel:
3DSmithsonianDigi
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:yt_swVPEAcTI7Y

Über die fossilen Reste der Zeuglodonten von Nordamerica mit Rücksicht auf die europäischen Reste aus dieser Familie / von Joh. Müller ; mit 27 Steindrucktafeln

Author:
Müller, Johannes 1801-1858  Search this
Publisher:
Reimer, G.  Search this
Illustrator:
Troschel, Hugo  Search this
Lithographer:
Wagner, J. D. L. Franz  Search this
Former owner:
Kellogg, Remington 1892-1969 DSI  Search this
Publisher of plates:
Winckelmann und Söhne  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 38 pages, XXVII leaves of plates : illustrations ; 48 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
North America
Europe
Date:
1849
Tertiary
Topic:
Whales, Fossil  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 M946 1849
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104674

Neue Zeuglodonten aus dem unteren Mitteleocän vom Mokattam bei Cairo / von E. Fraas

Author:
Fraas, E (Eberhard) 1862-1915  Search this
Physical description:
24 p., 3 leaves of plates : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Egypt
Cairo
Date:
1904
Eocene
Topic:
Toothed whales, Fossil  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 F73 1904
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_562658

Untersuchungen über die fossilen und subfossilen Cetaceen Europa's, von J. F. Brandt, mit Beiträgen von Van Beneden, Cornalia, Gastaldi, Quenstedt und Paulson, nebst einem geologischen Anhange von Barbot de Marny, G. v. Helmersen, A. Goebel und Th. Fuchs, durch xxxiv tafeln erläutert

Author:
Brandt, Johann Friedrich 1802-1879  Search this
Beneden M. van (Pierre Joseph) 1809-1894  Search this
Physical description:
1 p. l., viii, 372 p. xxxiv pl. ; 32 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1873
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 B82 1873
QE882.C5B82 1873
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_448447

Ergänzungen zu den fossilen Cetaceen Europa's / von J.F. Brandt

Author:
Brandt, Johann Friedrich 1802-1879  Search this
Imperatorskaia akademīia nauk (Russia)  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 54 p., 5 leaves of plates : ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Europe
Date:
1874
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 B82 1873
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453282

On the fossil genus Basilosaurus, Harlan, (Zeuglodon, Owen) with a notice of specimens from the Eocene green sand of South Carolina. By Robert W. Gibbes ..

Author:
Gibbes, Robert W (Robert Wilson) 1809-1866  Search this
Tuomey, M (Michael) 1805-1857  Search this
Owen, Richard 1804-1892  Search this
Physical description:
p. [5]-15. 5 pl. 32 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1847
1847]
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 G53 1847
QE882.C5G53 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388158

Observations on certain fossil bones from the collection of the Academy of Sciences of Philadelphia

Author:
Owen, Richard 1804-1892  Search this
Physical description:
p. 18-20. plates. 33 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1847
1847]
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 G53 1847
QE882.C5G53 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388159

Notice of the discovery of a carnium of the Zeuglodon, (Basilosaurus)

Author:
Tuomey, M (Michael) 1805-1857  Search this
Physical description:
p. 16-17. 33 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1847
1847]
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 G53 1847
QE882.C5G53 1847
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388160

Les odontocètes du Boldérien (miocène supérieur) d'Anvers, par O. Abel ..

Author:
Abel, Othenio 1875-1946  Search this
Physical description:
155 p. illus. 33 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Belgium
Antwerp
Date:
1905
Miocene
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 A23 1905
QE882.C5A23 1905
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_348054

Catalogo descrittivo dei Talassoterii rinvenuti nei terreni terziarii del Piemonte e della Liguria

Author:
Portis, Alessandro  Search this
Physical description:
121 p. 9 plates (part fold.) 31 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Italy
Date:
1885
Topic:
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Call number:
QE882.C5 P85
QE882.C5P85
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_165413

Der Wal Svedenborg's (Balaena svedenborgii Lilljeborg) nach einem Funde im Diluvium Schwedens, beurtheilt von Carl W.S. Aurivillius. Mit 3 Tafeln ..

Author:
Aurivillius, Carl Wilhelm Samuel 1854-1899  Search this
Physical description:
57, [1] p. 3 pl. 31 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1888
Topic:
Northern right whale  Search this
Baleen whales, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QL737.C4 A92
QL737.C4 A92
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_167055

Etudes zoologiques et paléontologiques sur la famille des cétacés

Author:
Guérin, Raoul  Search this
Physical description:
145 p., 3 fold. leaves of plates : 3 fold. col. maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1874
Topic:
Cetacea  Search this
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QL737.C4 G93
QL737.C4G93
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_123121

Contribución al conocimiento de los cetáceos vivientes y fósiles del territorio de Chile / por R. Donoso-Barros

Author:
Donoso-Barros, Roberto  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Chile
Date:
1975
Topic:
Cetacea  Search this
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Call number:
QL737.C4 K68
QL737.C4K68
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_140885

Ostéographie des cétacés vivants et fossiles, comprenant la description et l'iconographie du squelette et du système dentaire de ces animaux, ainsi que des documents relatifs à leur histoire naturelle, par MM. van Beneden [et] Paul Gervais

Author:
Beneden M. van (Pierre Joseph) 1809-1894  Search this
Gervais, Paul 1816-1879  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 634 p. illus., maps. 32 cm. and atlas (64 plates) 56 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1880
[1880, i.e. 1868-79]
Topic:
Cetacea  Search this
Cetacea, Fossil  Search this
Bones  Search this
Call number:
QL737.C4 B6X
QL737.C4 B6X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_81226

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