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History of The Field Museum - Further Reading

Field Museum construction site - south entrance, Sept 12, 1918

The bibliography below contains resources regarding Field Museum History, the formation of collections, building architecture and more. Many citations contain links to full-text of the articles, while others are available in hard copy at the Museum's Library. Please go here for more information about making an appointment to visit the Library.

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Did you know that during the Museum’s construction, the U.S. Army intended to modify the building in order to use it for a convalescent hospital for returning wounded soldiers from World War I?
Brinkman, Paul D. 2010. The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush: Museums & Paleontology in America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Brinkman, Paul D. “Frederic Ward Putnam, Chicago’s cultural philanthropists, and the founding of the Field Museum.” Museum History Journal 2, no.1 (2009): 73-100.

Brinkman, Paul D. “Establishing vertebrate paleontology at Chicago’s Field Columbian Museum, 1893–1898.” Archives of Natural History 27, no.1 (2000): 81–114.

Brinkman, Paul D. "She married a dinosaur." In the Field 75, no. 3 (Summer 2004): 20.

Burger, William. “Field Museum as Architecture” Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 53, no. 3 (March 1982): 3-5.

Collier, Donald. "Chicago Comes of Age: The World's Columbian Exposition and the Birth of Field Museum." Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 40, no. 5 (May 1969): 2-7.

Cornelius, Charles Over. "Henry Hering's Sculpture for Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago." Annual Report of the Director to the Board of Trustees 5: no.4 (1919): 291-295.

Cottle, Judith. "Edward E. Ayer and W.M. Flinders Petrie, 'Founding Fathers' of the Egyptian Collection." Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 52, no. 10 (Nov 1981): 33-35.

Demonstration of Plans of the New Field Museum of Natural History.” Proceedings of the American Association of Museums 2 (1908): 73-83. 

Ditzel, Henry F. “Field Museum’s Building.” Field Museum News 11, no. 4 (April 1940): 6.

"Field Columbian Museum" In: Meyer, A.B. Studies of the Museums and Kindred Institutions of New York City, Albany, Buffalo, and Chicago, with Notes on Some European Institutions. Washington: GPO, 1905.

Gregg, Clifford C. “May 2 Marks 20th Anniversary of Field Museum’s Present Building” Field Museum News 12, no. 5 (May 1941): 3-4.

Howell, Meta P. "The Museum Library in Transition." Chicago Natural History Museum Bulletin 36, no. 5 (May 1965): 2-3, 7-8.

"Museum Hall Then…and Now.” Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 39, no. 12 (December 1968): 14-15.

Ottery, G. Henry. “The Hospitalization of Field Museum.” Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 44, no. 11 (December 1973): 6-7.

Walsten, David M. “Henry Hering and the Case of the Missing Maidens.” Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 60, no. 6 (June 1989): 16-28.

Webber, E. Leland. "Field Museum Again: name change honors Field Family." Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 37, no. 3 (March 1966): 2-3.

Williams, Patricia M. “The Burnham Plan and Field Museum” Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 39, no. 5 (May 1968): 8-12.

Williams, Patricia M. “The Museum ‘Trademark’.” Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 39, no. 1 (1968): 1-5.