Nebraska Authors

Erwin H. Barbour

Born 1856 Sources disagree - either Ohio or Indiana (USA)

Famous Nebraska geologist who, supported by Charles Morrill, built the initial collections of what became the Nebraska State Museum (popularly known around Lincoln as Morrill Hall or Elephant Hall). Beginning in 1892, over a period of 25 years the University of Nebraska sent out the annual Charles Morrill Geological Expeditions that created one of the world's great vertebrate paleontology collections at the University. Barbour was one of the most published and influential geologists and vertebrate paleontologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with many equally distinguished students.

Barbour provided drawings of many of the fossils portrayed in the State Capitol to Hildrith Meiere, the mosaic artist, who used them in her work in the building. UNL geology professor Robert Diffendal researched their collaboration for a UN_L Conservation and Survey Division publication.

Barbour was succeed as Nebraska State Museum Director by his student C. Bertrand Schultz. Other students included Edwin H. Colbert , and Harold Cook.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Geology; Paleontology; Science; Nebraska State Capitol


University of Nebraska
Yale, PhD


Curator, Nebraska State Museum
State Geologist



More than 400 science-based arrticles and books

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