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Portrait of Spencer Fullerton Baird, by Bell, William, January 10, 1867, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 46853 or MAH-46853.

May 4, 1978

The first exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution Archives opens in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian Institution Building, honoring Spencer F. Baird, first curator of the U.S. National Museum and second Smithsonian Secretary.More

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