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Record Unit 561,  Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum,  Correspondence and Memoranda, 1858-1869 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
Title: Correspondence and Memoranda
Dates: 1858-1869 and undated
Quantity: 0.1 linear meter.
Collection: Record Unit 561
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of correspondence written to Smithsonian Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird by officers of the HBC documenting their collecting activities on behalf of the Institution. Principal correspondents include George Barnston, Laurence Clarke, Jr., Charles P. Gaudet, Donald Gunn, William L. Hardisty, Strachan Jones, James Lockhart, Roderick Ross MacFarlane, W. Mactavish, and Bernard Rogan Ross. Also included is correspondence from Elliott Coues to Baird concerning an expedition to Labrador, 1860; and miscellaneous notes and lists concerning natural history specimens.

This correspondence was apparently pulled from Baird's official files. Researchers interested in the HBC should also consult record units 26, 33, 52, 53, 305, 7002, 7215, and 7221.

Historical Note

In the late 1850s, the Smithsonian Institution began receiving large collections of ethnographic and natural history material from arctic America, gathered by officers of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). The Smithsonian's relationship with HBC was primarily a result of Robert Kennicott's explorations on behalf of the Institution during the 1850s.

Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

Descriptive Entry

These records consist of correspondence written to Smithsonian Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird by officers of the HBC documenting their collecting activities on behalf of the Institution. Principal correspondents include George Barnston, Laurence Clarke, Jr., Charles P. Gaudet, Donald Gunn, William L. Hardisty, Strachan Jones, James Lockhart, Roderick Ross MacFarlane, W. Mactavish, and Bernard Rogan Ross. Also included is correspondence from Elliott Coues to Baird concerning an expedition to Labrador, 1860; and miscellaneous notes and lists concerning natural history specimens.

This correspondence was apparently pulled from Baird's official files. Researchers interested in the HBC should also consult Record Units 26, 33, 52, 53, 305, 7002, 7215, and 7221.

Access Restriction

Record unit available on microfilm; contact reference staff for details..

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 561, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda

Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 Hudson's Bay Correspondence

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Folder 2 H. Balderston, 1860

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Folder 3 George Barnston, 1859-1862

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Folder 4 George Barnston, fragments and undated

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Folder 5 Bowen & Co., 1866

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Folder 6 J. C. Burbank & Co., 1862-1863

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Folder 7 Robert Campbell, 1861

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Folder 8 James R. Clare, 1866

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Folder 9 Laurence Clarke, Jr., 1861-1867

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Folder 10 James S. Clouston, 1860-1861, 1863

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Folder 11 Elliott Coues, 1860

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Folder 12 Henry Connolly, 1860-1865

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Folder 13 William Cowan, 1868-1869

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Folder 14 William J. Christie, 1863, 1865

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Folder 15 A. G. Dallas, 1863

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Folder 16 John W. Dodge, 1860

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Folder 17 C. Drexler, 1860

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Folder 18 James Flett, 1862

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Folder 19 Charles P. Gaudet, 1862, 1864-1865, 1868

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Folder 20 James A. Grahame, 1863, 1865

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Folder 21 Gun Catalogs

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Folder 22 Donald Gunn, 1860-1868

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Folder 23 Thomas Hardisty, 1867-1868

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Folder 24 William L. Hardisty, 1864-1865, 1867, 1869

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Folder 25 Edward M. Hopkins, 1860-1868

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Folder 26 Strachan Jones, 1863-1867

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Folder 27 W. W. Kirby, 1864-1866

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Folder 28 James Lockhart, 1861-1868

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Folder 29 R. McDonald, 1864

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Folder 30 J. M. McDougall, 1867

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Folder 31 W. Mactavish, 1860-1868

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Folder 32 William P. McFarland, 1866

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Folder 33 Roderick Ross MacFarlane, 1863

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Folder 34 J. MacKenzie, 1860-1864

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Folder 35 William J. McLean, 1864, 1867-1868

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Folder 36 J. S. Onion, 1862, 1864, 1867

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Folder 37 John Reid, 1863-1864

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Folder 38 Bernard Rogan Ross, 1858-1869

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Folder 39 Bernard Rogan Ross, fragments and undated

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Folder 40 George Simpson, 1859-1860

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Folder 41 Donald A. Smith, 1864, 1866

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Folder 42 W. Thomson Smith, 1864

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Folder 43 Unidentified Correspondence

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