Narrow Your Results

Filter Your Results

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Smithsonian Records Information

Close Browse official records created at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, research centers, libraries, and archives, now in the Smithsonian Institution Archives’ collections. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics or disciplines.

Personal Papers Information

Close Browse papers and special collections created by institutions and persons who have contributed to and collaborated with the Smithsonian. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.

Oral Histories Information

Close Browse oral and video history collections containing interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff, and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics or disciplines.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.

Joseph Henry and Spencer Fullerton Baird Provide Instructions for Mexican Boundary Survey

Title:
Joseph Henry and Spencer Fullerton Baird Provide Instructions for Mexican Boundary Survey
Date:
1848-1855
Notes:
For more information, see http://www.mnh.si.edu/vz/fishes/ichthyology_history/expeditions.html
Kazar, John Dryden, The United States Navy and Scientific Exploration, 1837-1860 (Ph.D diss., The University of Massachusetts, 1973), p. 125
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian for the year 1850, p. 23
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian for the year 1851, p. 53
Summary:
First Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry and Assistant Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird provide detailed scientific instructions and equipment for the Mexican Boundary Survey, conducted from 1848 to 1855, and have five field collectors appointed. Although the expedition's primary purpose is to establish the U.S. - Mexican border, over 2,600 specimens are collected and deposited at the Smithsonian
Topics:
Collectors and collecting, Scientific apparatus and instruments, Expeditions, Scientific expeditions, Specimens, Surveying
Subjects:
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887, Henry, Joseph 1797-1878, United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, National Collections
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Places:
Mexico, United States
Full Record:
http://siris-sihistory.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&source=~!sichronology&uri=full=3100001~!13218~!0#focus

Using the Archives' Collections

The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. Please cite the Smithsonian Institution Archives as the source of the content, and when possible, link to the Smithsonian Archives website (siarchives.si.edu). Please let us know how you are using our collections for your projects. For information on commercial licensing or other uses, visit Rights and Reproductions. More information available within the Smithsonian’s Terms of Use policy.