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Thomas W. Amsden Archives

Call Number: IPAR.001050

Description of the Material

Includes Amsden's 1942 field notebooks, in addition to a number of topographic maps, planimetric maps, geologic maps, stratigraphic sections, and photographs of specimens.


  • 1942-1947


Language of Materials

In English.


5 Linear Feet

Persistent URL


The archives of Thomas W. Amsden including maps, field notes and photographs. These focus on his 1947 Yale dissertation, "Stratigraphy and paleontology of the Brownsport Silurian of western Tennessee."

Biographical Sketch

Thomas W Amsden was born January 31, 1915 in Wichita, KS. After getting a B.S. from Wichita State University in 1939, Tom went on to the University of Iowa and studied under Arthur K. Miller. He received his M.S. in 1941. In 1940 Amsden married Virginia McCoy. He has two children, Thomas and Kathy (although he reportedly wished to name them 'Pentamerus siluricus' and 'Dictyonella devonica'). He worked under Carl Dunbar and studied the Brownsport Formation of western Tennessee. He received his PhD in Geology from Yale University in 1947. He taught paleontology at Johns Hopkins University from 1947-1955, and spent much of this time collaborating with G. Arthur Cooper at the U.S. National Museum. From 1955 to 1985, Amsden worked for the Oklahoma Geological Survey out of Norman, OK. He received the Paleontological Society Medal in 1989. He passed away in February 2000.

Thomas W. Amsden Archives
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Samantha Murphy
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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