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Arthur Lakes Archives

Call Number: VPAR.000269

Description of the Material

The Arthur Lakes Archives most notably include water colors and sketches of localities and specimens from his collecting trips. As well as a small amount of correspondence and field notes.


  • 1877-1879


Language of Materials

In English.


100 Linear Feet

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A Collection of Arthur Lakes artwork from his time serving as a collecter for O.C.Marsh.

Biographical Sketch

Arthur Lakes (21 December 1844 ? 21 November 1917) was a notable geologist, artist, writer, teacher and minister. He captured much of his geological and palaeontological field work in sketches and watercolours. He was a part-time professor at what later became the Colorado School of Mines when he sent a fossilized vertebra specimen (from the Morrison Formation of Dakota, U.S.) to Othniel Charles Marsh at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in 1877. He was then employed by Marsh as a field worker to seek other fossils. These fossils and sites are recorded in his artwork. He worked for O.C Marsh from 1877-1880. During this time, he also worked as a teacher at what is now the Colorado School of Mines and as a clergyman. When he retired from fossil hunting, he went on to work for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Arthur Lakes Archives
Edited Full Draft
Daniel Jonathan Drew
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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