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Gustav Arthur (1902-2000) and Josephine Cooper

Description: G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur) Cooper (1902-2000) and his wife, Josephine Cooper, are shown here at work in his office in the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, in June of 1954. Specimens of fossil brachiopods can be seen on the desk as well as where his wife is working by the window. Josephine, although not on the Smithsonian payroll, was educated in geology and assisted her husband with collecting and identifying specimens. She also did most of the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology Russian translating. Josephine Cooper was also a founding member of the Smithsonian Women's Committee, a fund-raising organization.


Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Date: 1954


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Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives


Accession number: SIA2009-0985

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Taken on March 18, 2009