Natural History Museum photographs

The Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas began as the cabinet of natural history and now includes some 8 million specimens and 1.2 million archaeological artifacts. The records of the Museum are comprised of scrapbooks, artificial records, news releases, news clips, correspondence, budget records, personnel records, and publications.

Among other topics, the photographs include a historic first and a celebrated highlight of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the massive Panorama created by KU professor Lewis Lindsay Dyche, depicting groups of North American mammals in their native surroundings. Now exhibited in the KU Natural History Museum, the Panorama shows a 360-degree-view of species situated among various landscapes, such as the Rocky Mountains & the Midwestern plains.

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