Smilodon Newsletter, 1934-1986

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The records document the department from its 19th-century origins to the recent past with departmental files, faculty files, faculty meeting minutes and visual materials. In Series 4, a variety of materials document significant figures in the department such as Arnold Guyot, Richard Field, and William B. Scott. A consistent run of faculty meeting minutes in Series 4 provides a detailed picture of the department's development over the course of the 20th century.

The records are rich in photographs, slides and film that document many of the department's expeditions and excavations in North America‚ÄĒprimarily in the American West. Photographs and negatives appear throughout the records, and not only in Series 7: Photographs. Both Series 5: Field Trips and Expeditions and Series 6: Natural History Museum contain a subseries of photographs.

The collection also includes the records of the defunct organization the American Institute of Geonomy and Natural Resources.

Histories of the department written by members of the department appear in Series 3: Department Administration under "Department Histories."

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

Duplicates and published volumes available elsewhere have been separated from the records. Grades from summer field courses during the years 1955-1990 have been separated from the records.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Lynn Durgin in October 2010. Finding aid written by Lynn Durgin in October 2010. After significant accessions, the finding aid was revised by Phoebe Nobles in 2018. Materials were added from Accession AR.2019.043 by Kimberly McCauley in July 2019.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Series 3 is open for research with some exceptions. Access to advisory council reports, reports to the president, and financial records from the past 30 years is restricted; such materials older than 30 years are open for research. Due to the presence of student academic information or personnel matters, access to certain folders is restricted at the folder level as noted, for periods up to 75 years.

Access to glass-plate negatives is restricted due to their fragility. Where prints of the negatives are present, the prints are open for research use. Though digitization may not be possible for every negative, researchers may make requests to digitize material according to Mudd Library's policy on digitization of photographs.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Smilodon Newsletter; Department of Geosciences Records, AC139, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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