Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection

screen shot of Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection
Project Type:
Online Exhibit
Date & Client:
2003, The Academy of Natural Sciences
design, development, illustration, site architecture, user interface, research, writing

This online exhibit was commissioned by the Academy of Natural Sciences in 2003 to highlight a historically significant fossil collection housed at the institution. In addition to showcasing many of the fossils collected through Jefferson's sponsorship, “The Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection” explores many of the scientific ideas (e.g., extinction, the age of the earth, and the nature of fossils) and personalities (e.g., Charles Willson Peale, compte de Buffon, Georges Cuvier, and Thomas Jefferson) from the early years of the American republic and the beginnings of the science of paleontology.

(The “Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection” online exhibit was removed from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s website during a 2012 site revision. It has, however, been included in the collections of the Library of Congress.)