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Dry Dredgers records

Identifier: US-14-03

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Dry Dredgers, an amateur geology group in the Greater Cincinnati area. The collection includes correspondences, reports, articles, photographs, and financial documents related to the history of the organization.

This collection is a combined collection including the former accessions of UA-87-13, UA-91-04, US-01-27, and US-04-07.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a combined collection including the former accessions of UA-87-13, UA-91-04, US-01-27, and US-04-07.


  • 1882-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1942-2010


Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

History of the Dry Dredgers

The Dry Dredgers is an association of amateur geologists. The organization was formed in April of 1942 with Dr. Kenneth Caster of the University of Cincinnati's Geology department serving as an advisor. The organization brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to share their love of fossil hunting. The first president of the group was Ed Lohmeyer. John Pope, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, was the only professional paleontologist to serve as president of the Dry Dredgers.

Members of the group have been recognized for their contributions to geology. Bill White received the Strimple Award from the Paleontological Society in 1985 in recognition of the significant contributions he made to the advancement of paleontology by aiding student research. In 1996, Steve Felton was awarded the Katherine Palmer Award by the Paleontological Research Institution and also the Strimple award by the Paleontological Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of paleontology by a nonprofessional.

The Dry Dredgers has sponsored an annual Cincinnati Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show, provided lectures and exhibits to local schools and libraries, and coordinated 6 or 7 field trips each year for members.


7.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)


This collection contains documents related to the activities of the Dry Dredgers, an organization of amateur geologists in the Greater Cincinnati area. The collection holds photographs, notes, reports, newsletters, and many other documents from the Dry Dredgers founding in the 1940s through the early 21st century

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 16 series according to material type and subject matter. The series are arranged primarily in alphabetical order.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

Finding aid for the Dry Dredgers records
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Finding aid prepared by ARB Intern
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

8th Floor Blegen Library
2602 University Circle
P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati Ohio 45221-0113