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Fonds F2149 - Charles H. and Charles M. Sternberg fonds

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Charles H. and Charles M. Sternberg fonds


  • Microfilmed 1996 (originally created 1880-1991) (Creation)

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Charles Hazelius Sternberg, 1850-1943, was born in New York state, USA and later lived with his family in Iowa and Kansas. He attended Kansas State Agricultural College. In 1880 he married Anna Reynolds, 1853-1938, and they had three sons, George, 1883-1969, Charles Mortram, 1885-1981, and Levi, 1894-1976. Sternberg farmed for many years but took an intense interest in vertebrate paleontology. He wrote two books, Life of a Fossil Hunter, and Hunting Dinosaurs. Sternberg came to Alberta in 1912 to hunt fossils in the Drumheller area for the Geological Survey of Canada and the British Museum. He retired to California but moved to Canada in 1938 to live with his sons. Charles Mortram Sternberg was born in Lawrence, Kansas and joined with his father and brothers in their expedition to Canada. He continued to work for the Geological Survey / National Museum of Canada as a paleontologist and biostratigrapher. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1949. In 1957 and 1958 he helped set up Dinosaur Provincial Park near Brooks, Alberta. For further information see Hunting Dinosaurs in the Bad Lands of the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada / Charles H. Sternberg, intro. by David A.E. Spalding. -- Edmonton : Newest Press, 1985; Dinosaur Hunters / David A.E. Spalding. -- Toronto : Key Porter Books, 1993; Into the Dinosaur's Graveyard : Canadian Digs and Discoveries / David Spalding ; forword by Dr. Phillip Currie. -- Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 1998; Dinosaur Country : Unearthing the Alberta Badlands / Renie Gross. -- Wardlow, Alta. : Badland Books, 1998; and A Dinosaur Dynasty : The Sternberg Fossil Hunters / by Katherine Rogers. -- Missoula : Mountain Press Publishing Co., 1991.

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The fonds consists of Charles H. Sternberg's correspondence (1880-1919) and scrapbooks (1902-1928); and Charles M. Sternberg's collected articles (1917-1963), newsclippings, poster and photographs.

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The material is in English.

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The originals are held by Dinosaur Provincial Park. They were donated to the Park by Stan Martin, the son of Charles M. Sternberg. (He and his brothers, Ray and Glen, adopted their mother's maiden name.)

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Katherine Rogers primarily used the papers of Charles H. Sternberg's eldest son, George, in the preparation of her book. Some of these records appear to be at Yale and others in Kansas.

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An NA number will be assigned when a selection of the photographs are copied.



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