Artifacts & Documents: Pictures and Paintings

Fossil Exhibit in Appleton Cabinet

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Edward Hitchcock began his collection of fossil footprints in 1835. At its peak in 1875, well after Hitchcock's death, the collection of 21,773 tracks was among the largest and most valuable collections known worldwide. The collection was housed for a time in Woods Cabinet, which was in the Octagon, but moved to Appleton Cabinet when it was built for this purpose in 1855.

c. 1885
Courtesy of:
Buildings and Grounds Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College