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History of foraminiferal collections at the Smithsonian Institution

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Brian T. Huber
Brian T. Huber
Department of Paleobiology, MRC-121, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 20560, USA
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Martin A. Buzas
Martin A. Buzas
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Alice Drew
Alice Drew
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Jennifer A. Jett
Jennifer A. Jett
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

The Smithsonian Institution’s foraminiferal collections, collectively identified as the Cushman Collection, consist of nearly 17 000 primary type slides, more than 240 000 secondary type and identified slides and thousands of bulk samples and washed residue samples from important type localities, stratigraphic sections and land-based and deep-sea boreholes. The collection grew slowly from its beginning in the late 1800s, but acquisition of Joseph A. Cushman’s entire research collection in 1950 dramatically increased its size and international prominence. Following Cushman’s gift, the collection grew over three times larger during the late twentieth century as additional foraminiferal slides and samples were added. Biographical profiles are presented here for key research scientists who were particularly influential in the collection’s growth and/or curation at the Smithsonian Institution. These researchers include T. Wayland Vaughan, Joseph A. Cushman, Lloyd G. Henbest, Ruth Todd, Alfred R. Loeblich Jr, Thomas Gibson and Raymond C. Douglass.

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The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publications

Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development

A. J. Bowden
A. J. Bowden
National Museums Liverpool, UK
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F. J. Gregory
F. J. Gregory
PetroStrat Ltd, UK
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A. S. Henderson
A. S. Henderson
Robertson (UK) Ltd, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
6
ISBN electronic:
9781862396517
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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