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Series 4: Scientific Research, 1904 - 1938


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection of professional papers contains correspondence, lectures, scientific articles in print and typescript, teaching materials, and research notes related to the paleontological work of Dr. Loomis, both at Amherst College and in the field.

Series 1, "Professional Correspondence", contains correspondence concerning Loomis's scientific work. The majority of the letters are incoming mail from fellow paleontologists and geologists. Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the writer's last name; multiple letters from the same sender are in chronological order. Folders 7-9 all concern Loomis's 1926 book, The Evolution of the Horse. These folders and contents are arranged by date.

Series 2, "Scientific Expeditions",includes news clippings, financial records, and articles by Loomis about his scientific fieldwork. Loomis's fieldwork was regularly covered in both local and regional newspapers, and the articles in "News Clippings" often include the names and class years of student assistants. The folders are arranged alphabetically by title, and the "News Clippings" section is then sorted by date. Material within folders is also chronological.

Series 3, "Teaching", contains material related to Dr. Loomis's teaching here at Amherst College. The contents are arranged into four sub-series by document type. The first three relate directly to courses: "Course Texts" includes course outlines and laboratory handbooks; "Lectures" consists of detailed lecture notes on animal evolution; and "Student Work" includes fossil identification assignments and two published papers co-authored by students. The last sub-series, "Photographs", has two sections. The first folder contains both candid and formal images of Dr. Loomis from throughout his career at Amherst College, while the second folder of images show objects related to Dr. Loomis.

Series 4 contains materials from Dr. Loomis's scientific research, much of it based on fossils gathered during the expeditions documented in Series 2. This series is divided by publication type into 3 sub-series: A. Journal Articles, B. Books, and C. Research Materials. Within sub-series A and B, contents are separated by publication status and document type, with folders and individual items sorted by date, while sub-series C is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Journal articles were Dr. Loomis's primary publication type, and sub-series A contains both drafts and article offprints from throughout his career. The articles cover a wide range of vertebrate paleontology, from fossil rodents to camel evolution. Dr. Loomis's publications from 1923-1926 focus on human habitation of North America during the Pleistocene. This research focus developed from the findings from the Florida expeditions. Several unpublished items (conference talks and an unpublished article on early humans) end the sub-series.

Sub-series B contains book publication announcements and 14 chapters of "Economic Zoology," an unpublished introductory text on the economic roles of animals (e.g., agriculture, pests, and disease). The manuscript date is inferred from Dr. Loomis's time as "Professor of Comparative Anatomy." His title changed when he transferred to the Geology Department in 1918. Note that Series 1, "Correspondence," contains material about "The Evolution of the Horse," another of Dr. Loomis's books.

The contents of sub-series C, "Research Materials," include fossil drawings, local oil prospecting, and specimen lists.


  • 1904 - 1938

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Frederic Brewster Loomis Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.


From the Collection: 1.25 Linear feet (3 archives boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
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