Through the years, Field Museum publications--along with the name of the Museum itself--have gone through numerous title changes, numbering changes, and institution name changes, which are detailed below. For the purpose of this guide, publications are separated into two major categories--general and scientific--and are further described on the relevant discipline tabs throughout this guide: Anthropology, Botany, Geology, and Zoology.
Early annual reports are richly detailed with lists of accessions, descriptions of expeditions, and names of important figures in the history of The Field Museum. Access every annual report by year and type from this page of The Field Museum website and from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL):
Publications highlighting some of the major collections of the Museum in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of its founding.
Field Columbian Museum Historical Series
A detailed description of collections as well as the establishment of the Museum. Published in 1894, the series produced one volume:
Beginning in 1894 and through 1981, the Museum published a general guide to the collections of the museum for the visiting public. Digitized guides (through 1951 and ongoing) may be found here via the Museum's partnership with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).
The member publication of the Museum, which was initiated in 1930, includes the serial, "A Brief History of The Field Museum" by Oliver Cummings Farrington, Curator of Geology, which was published over the course of the newsletter's first year.
© The Field Museum, GN85150c, Photographer Ron Testa.