From Bone Wars to Jurassic Park: Education, Outreach, and Research in a University Natural History Museum


The goal of this 24-month project is to carry out cataloging of: (a) the archives of Yale paleontologists Richard Swann Lull, Charles Schuchert, and John Ostrom; (b) the artist Rudolph Zallinger; and (c) the archives of the Yale Peabody Museum's Education Department. Collectively, the materials will offer new insight on the role of paleontology as a vehicle for the public understanding of evolution that took place both within and beyond the Museum over the course of the 20th Century, encompassing three critical periods to our understanding of the natural world: the "Eclipse of Darwinisim" the "Neodarwinian Synthesis" and the "Dinosaur Renaissance.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


  • Mr. Tim White (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)
  • Dr. Christopher Norris

Date Range

1904 - 1904

Geographic Scope

The project is primarily focused on North America, although the papers are global in scope


  • 50 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Artwork (Including Original Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Etc.), Audio (Including Speech And Music), Audiovisual, Book (Including Serials), Dataset (Paper Based Or Electronic), Ephemera, Image, Manuscript, Maps, Text (Including Electronic Texts)