Earl Douglass (1862-1931) was a paleontologist best known for his 1909 discovery of the Apatosaurus louisae on a dig in Utah in an area known as the “Carnegie Quarry” in the Dinosaur National Monument. At the time of this discovery, Douglass was employed by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, who had directed him to search for a dinosaur to display alongside the immensely popular “Dippy” (Diplodocus carnegii). The Apatosaurus was sent to Pittsburgh and put on display in 1915. Douglass resigned from the Carnegie Museum in 1924 to join the staff of the University of Utah.
The Earl Douglass Collection has been arranged into a single series: Vertebrate Paleontology. The collection is primarily made of up correspondence written during his employment with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The collection also includes field reports and reports on fossil discoveries.
Accessing the Collection
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Earl Douglass Collection is housed at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as part of the Vice President’s Archives.
Researchers may also be interested in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Diplodocus Collection.
1894 - 1931
Much of this collection is in the public domain. Questions regarding items still in copyright should be directed to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.