Edward Drinker Cope Field diaries, 1872-1874, 1876-1877, 1879, 1881-1885, 1892


Date: 1872-1892 | Size: 3 microfilm_reel(s)


These field diaries of this collecting trips to the American West provide detailed background information on the geology and precise position in which he uncovered fossils, as well as description of fossils, and Greek names he assigned to them. He sketched geological formations, fossils he discovered, and his conceptions of the way the animal might have appeared in life. One journal covers his trip to Paris in 1892.

Background note

Vertebrate paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope became the leading theorist of the neo-Lamarckian movement in American biology. He sold his fossil collection to the American Museum of Natural History in 1894.

Collection Information

Physical description

3 microfilm reels. Reproduced by the American Museum of Natural History, 1948.


Presented by the American Museum of Natural History and accessioned, 1948.

Location of originals:

Originals in Rare Book and Manuscripts Room, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York.

Indexing Terms

Geographic Name(s)

  • Paris (France) -- Description and travel.
  • West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.


  • Fossils -- Collection and preservation -- West (U.S.)
  • Scientific expeditions.
  • Vertebrates, Fossil.