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Lane, N. Gary
Norman Gary Lane was a geology and paleontology professor at IU from 1973-1995. The Lane collection consists of media materials and research notes relating to his work spanning the period from 1973 to 1995.
3 Boxes, 1 Box, 2 field notebooks, 3 trays of materials in locked cabinet, and 1 file folder drawer.
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[Item], N. Gary Lane Media Materials, bulk, IU Paleontology Collection


Biographical / Historical:

N. Gary Lane, 1930-2006, was born in French Lick, Indiana and grew up in Sidell, Illinois. Lane went to Oberlin College for earned his A.B. degree (1952) in Geology and attended graduate school at University of Kansas under the supervision of Raymond C. Moore for both Master's (1954) and PhD (1958) degrees. After completing his graduate studies, Lane began his academic career at the University of California at Los Angeles, reaching the rank of Professor of Paleontology in 1970. Lane joined Indiana University as a Professor of Paleontology in 1973. He worked extensively with crinoids ranging from Ordovician through the Permian. Lane published over 100 articles and monographs, and one book on fossils, especially on Late Paleozoic crinoids. He was a major contributor to the three Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology volumes on fossil crinoids. He published the taxonomy, evolution, paleoecology, and functional morphology of fossil crinoids. Other published invertebrate fossils groups are mainly brachiopods, other minor include bryozoans, trilobites, gastropods, cephalopods, sponges, and fossil fishes.

Lane was awarded the 1995 R. C. Moore Medal from SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), SEPM Outstanding Paper Award in the Journal of Paleontology (1979), the Erasmus Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Kansas, 1979), and a Fulbright Fellowship (1971-1972, 1955-1956). He was the President of the Paleontological Society (1987-88), Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University (1984– 1987), Associate Editor of Paleobiology (1977–1979), Co-Editor of the Journal of Paleontology (1969–1971), and the founder of "The Friends of the Echinoderms" (1967).

Scope and Content:

The N. Gary Lane Media Collection are organized into three series: published media, research, and correspondence. The collection includes records related to his professional life at Indiana University, his involvement in professional organizations related to his field of study, and his personal life. All of these interests overlap in such a way that separating the records documenting the various aspects of his life would have been difficult.

Published media, 1986-1990, consists of Lane's published prints and negatives in ontogenetic adaptations of some Pennsylvanian crinoids and micromorph crinoid fauna of the McCraney Limestone (Mississippian, Kinderhookian) of western Illinois.

The research series spans the years from 1979 to the 1990's and includes a variety of research media materials relating to Lane's work as researcher, including crinoids, bryozoans, trilobites, gastropods, cephalopods, sponges, and fossil fishes. The series also consist of Lane's family picture.

Correspondence spans the period from 1973-1995 and is primarily related to Lane's professional life at Indiana University, UCLA, and the Smithsonian. It also consists of a number of Lane's grant proposals and routine administrative correspondence.

Acquisition information:
Inherited from the author upon his retirement in 1995.
Processing information:

Processed by Wen Nie Ng

Completed in 2016


Collection is organized into three series: published media, research, and correspondence. All series are arranged according to author's organization.







This collection is open for research. Advance notice required.


Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator(s) or Collections Manager of the Paleontology Collection.


[Item], N. Gary Lane Media Materials, bulk, IU Paleontology Collection

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