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Charles Schuchert papers

Call Number: MS 435

Scope and Contents

The Charles Schuchert Papers consist of twenty-five linear feet of correspondence, financial papers, photographs, memorabilia, a diary and a manuscript autobiography. The papers have not been processed, but three-fourths of the boxes contain professional correspondence organized as follows:

Boxes 2-30: Incoming, pre-1903 to 1942, alphabetical for each year

Boxes 31-39: Outgoing, 1904 to 1942, chronological throughout

Box 1 contains letters addressed to C.E. Beecher, Schuchert's predecessor as curator of geology in the Peabody Museum. Additional Schuchert correspondence is mixed with other papers in boxes 40-51.

The Charles Schuchert Papers were transferred from the Peabody Museum to the University Library in 1967.


  • 1859-1943
  • Majority of material found within 1884 - 1943


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Charles Schuchert Papers were transferred from the Peabody Museum to the University Library in 1967.


26 Linear Feet (52 boxes, 1 folio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, financial papers, diary, a manuscript autobiography, photographs and memorabilia. The major part of the papers is made up of Schuchert's professional correspondence while curator of the geological collections at the Peabody Museum at Yale (1904-1923). Subsequent correspondence is related to his work in the field of paleontology. Also in the papers is the incoming correspondence of Charles Emerson Beecher, Schuchert's predecessor at the Peabody Museum. Schuchert's autobiography (ca. 300 pages) was first written in 1917 and revised in 1940. His photograph albums contain pictures of geological expeditions (ca. 1890-1910) as well as personal and family pictures.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Schuchert: Paleontologist; assistant to paleontologists, 1885-1891; participated in a geological survey of Minnesota, 1891-1892; preparer of fossils, Yale University, 1892-1893; assistant paleontologist, U.S. Geological Survey, 1893-1894; M.A. Hon. Yale 1904; LL.D. New York Univ. 1914; SC.D. Yale 1930; S.D. Hon. Harvard 1935. Curator Geology 1904-23; Chairman Dept. Geological Sciences 1919-21; Curator Invertebrate Paleontology 1923-26; Prof. Paleontology and Historical Geology 1904-23; Prof. Emeritus 1923-42; Acting Dean Graduate School 1914-16; Trustee Peabody Museum of Natural History 1912-26; Silliman Lect. 1917-18.

Historical Register of Yale University, 1937-1951.

For more biographical information see Carl P. Dunbar's "Memorial to Charles Schuchert" in Box 1 and Schuchert's manuscript autobiography in Box 42.

Preliminary Guide to the Charles Schuchert Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Thomas J. Connors
March 1979
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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