SIA RU007212, Xántus, János 1825-1894, John Xantus Papers, 1857-1864

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Summary

Creator:
Xántus, János 1825-1894
Title:
John Xantus Papers, 1857-1864
Dates:
1857, 1857-1864
Notes:
A native of Hungary, John Xantus (1825-1894) came to the United States in 1850. In 1855, he entered the United States Army and served as a hospital steward at Fort Riley, Kansas Territory, 1855-1857, and Fort Tejon, California, 1857-1859. In January 1859, Xantus was appointed tidal observer for the United States Coast Survey stationed at Cape San Lucas, Lower California, where he remained until August 1861. After a short visit to Hungary, Xantus was appointed United States Consul at Manzanillo, Mexico, on November 25, 1862. In 1864, he returned to Hungary, where he spent the remainder of his life
In 1857, Xantus began corresponding with Spencer F. Baird, and in subsequent years he made extensive collections for the Smithsonian Institution, especially in the field of ornithology
Summary:
These papers consist of correspondence from John Xantus to Spencer F. Baird, mostly concerning Xantus' collecting activities, 1857-1864. Also included are several letters (and copies of letters) from various individuals concerning Xantus, especially letters of recommendation for the position of U. S. Consul at Manzanillo, Mexico
After entering the U. S. Army in 1855, Xantus began using the name Louis de Vesey. The letters in this collection for the years 1857-1858 are signed three different ways: DE VESEY, L. X. DE VESEY, and L. XANTUS DE VESEY. By 1859, he had readopted his given name and letters are signed J. XANTUS
Topic:
Ornithology
Subjects:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887, United States Army, United States Coast Survey
Form/Genre:
Mixed archival materials, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU007212
Physical Description:
0.1 linear meter

Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7212

Xantus, Janos, 1825-1894

Janos Xantus Papers, 1857-1864

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Xantus, Janos, 1825-1894
Title: Janos Xantus Papers
Dates: 1857-1864
Quantity: 0.1 linear meter.
Collection: Record Unit 7212
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

A native of Hungary, John Xantus (1825-1894) came to the United States in 1850. In 1855, he entered the United States Army and served as a hospital steward at Fort Riley, Kansas Territory, 1855-1857, and Fort Tejon, California, 1857-1859. In January 1859, Xantus was appointed tidal observer for the United States Coast Survey stationed at Cape San Lucas, Lower California, where he remained until August 1861. After a short visit to Hungary, Xantus was appointed United States Consul at Manzanillo, Mexico, on November 25, 1862. In 1864, he returned to Hungary, where he spent the remainder of his life.

In 1857, Xantus began corresponding with Spencer F. Baird, and in subsequent years he made extensive collections for the Smithsonian Institution, especially in the field of ornithology.

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Introduction

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Descriptive Entry

These papers consist of correspondence from John Xantus to Spencer F. Baird, mostly concerning Xantus' collecting activities, 1857-1864. Also included are several letters (and copies of letters) from various individuals concerning Xantus, especially letters of recommendation for the position of U. S. Consul at Manzanillo, Mexico.

After entering the U. S. Army in 1855, Xantus began using the name Louis de Vesey. The letters in this collection for the years 1857-1858 are signed three different ways: DE VESEY, L. X. DE VESEY, and L. XANTUS DE VESEY. By 1859, he had readopted his given name and letters are signed J. XANTUS.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7212, Xantus, Janos, 1825-1894, Janos Xantus Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 Numbered Correspondence, 1-24, April 4, 1857-April 15, 1858

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Folder 2 Numbered Correspondence, 25-49, May 14, 1858-February 4, 1859 and undated (with drawings)

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Folder 3 Numbered Correspondence, 50-74, February 11, 1859-February 14, 1860

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Folder 4 Numbered Correspondence, 75-99, February 20, 1860-December 15, 1860

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Folder 5 Correspondence, December 28, 1860-December 26, 1862

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Folder 6 Numbered Correspondence, 1-24, January 10, 1863-December 16, 1863

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Folder 7 Correspondence, December 1863-1864 and assorted dates in order of binding

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Folder 8 Correspondence and Drawings from end of bound volume, unarranged

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Folder 9 Correspondence, 1864

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Folder 10 Selected Photographic Prints of Xantus Correspondence and Drawings

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Folder 11 Photograph of Xantus, undated (Accession 06-173)

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