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COLLECTION Identifier: MCZ-ARC-284

Farish Alston Jenkins, Jr. Papers, ca. 1967-2013

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Farish A. Jenkins, Jr.’s field and laboratory research and teaching career as a vertebrate paleontologist and as a faculty member at Harvard University. It includes some of Jenkin’s important research, such as his work with respiratory physiology, bird flight, and vertebrate evolution. The bulk of the collection dates from the late 1970s to the 1990s.

The course material in this collection contains handouts, drafts, lecture material, sketches, and notes. The administrative and financial material, on the other hand, primarily includes blank and filled forms required in the running of the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department, as well as the documentation of office activity through the retention of receipts, invoices, expense reports, and policy descriptions. The bulk of the collection consists of illustrations and other audiovisual material, such as photographs, 16 mm films, negatives, X-rays, sketches, transparencies, diagrams, maps, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, graphs and charts, illustrations, and skeleton specimens.


  • ca. 1967-2013


Language of Materials

English; Inuit; Greenlandic; Icelandic; French; Russian; Danish; German; Afrikaans

Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains sensitive and personal information. Series 4: HMNH Travel, ca. 1990-2013 contains personal information, such as home and email addresses. Other personal information includes billing, insurance certificates, checks, passport numbers, telephone numbers, photographs, etc.

Researchers interested in using the collection for scholarly and/or publication purposes must seek permission from the Special Collections Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers interested in viewing the collection must seek permission from the Special Collections Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.


22.75 cubic feet (Processed: 22 boxes, including unboxed oversized folders; Unprocessed (for more information, see Assessment record): 1 box and 4 metal drawer cabinets; 1 logo embosser seal with text ) : Contains documents (notes, letters, etc.), photographic prints, film negatives, 16 mm films, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, floppy disks, compact discs, maps, drawings, skeleton specimens, etc.


This collection is divided into thirteen (13) series.

Series 1: Administrative and Financial Materials, ca. 1970-2008 Series 2: Course Material, ca. 1969-2010 Series 3: Tiktaalik Coverage, 2006 Series 4: HMNH Travel, ca. 1990-2013 Series 5: Expeditions, ca. 1969- 2008 Series 6: Research, ca. 1970- 2011 Series 7: Operating Manuals, ca. 1982-1995 Series 8: Manuscripts, ca. 1968-2010 Series 9: Illustrations, ca. 1968-1999 Series 10: Visual Materials, ca. 1967-1993 Series 11: Miscellaneous, ca. 1971-2002 Series 12: Audiovisual Materials, ca. 1967-2001 Series 13: Oversized Items, ca. 1968-1999

Physical Location

Room J - Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University


Edward B. Daeschler, Neil H. Shubin, and Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. (6 April 2006). “A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan.” Nature. 440 (7085): 757-763.

General note

Also available: - Finding aid in Word processing document - Box/container list in Word processing document - Hollis catalog record (MARC):

Processing Information

Note that the written material, such as Jenkins’ notes, correspondence, and reference articles, supports the visual items in the collection. Where possible, the related correspondence and notes are included with the visual content. Additionally, items from the Expeditions, Research, Manuscripts, Illustrations, and Visual Materials, that are too big for the regular size archival boxes, are in boxes 15-17. Finally, subseries with multiple folders are split up between their intended series and the Oversized Items series.

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo, a former student at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, in the summer of 2014. The finding aid was written by Vo in 2014 and edited by Rona Razon in 2018-2019.

Farish Alston Jenkins, Jr. Papers, ca. 1967-2013
Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
Started and completed in 2014; Revised and published in 2018-2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Repository

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