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.
Language of Materials
5 Linear Feet
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."
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
- Samantha Murphy
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English