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

Record Unit 7071

Boardman, George A., 1818-1901

George A. Boardman Papers, 1860-1899 and undated, with related papers to 1904

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Boardman, George A., 1818-1901
Title: George A. Boardman Papers
Dates: 1860-1899 and undated, with related papers to 1904
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7071
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These papers document George A. Boardman's work as an ornithologist, and consist primarily of incoming correspondence to Boardman from naturalists, including Spencer F. Baird, Joel Asaph Allen, Thomas Mayo Brewer, Elliott Coues, H. E. Dresser, Daniel Giraud Elliot, Robert Ridgway, Addison Emery Verrill, and William Wood. Small amounts of outgoing correspondence are included and are noted in the folder list. Also included is correspondence documenting the deposit of the Boardman papers in the Smithsonian Institution. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Historical Note

George A. Boardman (1818-1901) was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He moved to Calais, Maine, with his family in 1828, and lived there for the remainder of his life. Boardman owned a lumber business for over 30 years, retiring in 1871. An amateur ornithologist, Boardman was acquainted with many prominent naturalists and corresponded extensively with Spencer F. Baird of the Smithsonian Institution. After his retirement from business, Boardman spent his winters in Florida collecting specimens, many of which were donated to the United States National Museum. His primary contribution to ornithological literature was the "Catalogue of the Birds Found in the Vicinity of Calais, ME., and about the Islands at the Mouth of the Bay of Fundy" which appeared in the Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History in 1862.

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Introduction

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

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Descriptive Entry

These papers document George A. Boardman's work as an ornithologist, and consist primarily of incoming correspondence to Boardman from naturalists, including Spencer F. Baird, Joel Asaph Allen, Thomas Mayo Brewer, Elliott Coues, Henry Eeles Dresser, Daniel Giraud Elliot, Robert Ridgway, Addison Emery Verrill, and William Wood. Small amounts of outgoing correspondence are included and are noted in the folder list. Also included is correspondence documenting the deposit of the Boardman papers in the Smithsonian Institution. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7071, George A. Boardman Papers

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Container List

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Folder 1 A, general

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Folder 2 Adams, A. L., 1867-1868 and undated

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Folder 3 Allen, Joel Asaph, 1869-1871

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Folder 4 B, general

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Folder 5 Baird, Spencer F., 1865-1886. Concerns Boardman's collecting work for the Smithsonian.

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Folder 6 Batchelder, Charles F., 1881-1882

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Folder 7 Brewer, Thomas Mayo, 1867-1877 and undated

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Folder 8 C, general

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Folder 9 Coues, Elliott, 1862, 1877

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Folder 10 D, general

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Folder 11 Downes, Andrew, 1868-1869 and undated

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Folder 12 Dresser, Henry Eeles, 1862-1871

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Folder 13 Elliot, Daniel Giraud, 1862-1866

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Folder 14 Essex Institute, 1866-1867. Includes correspondence of Frederic Ward Putnam.

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Folder 15 F, general

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Folder 16 G, general

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Folder 17 H, general

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Folder 18 Hallock, Charles, 1871-1878, 1899

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Folder 19 J, general

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Folder 20 Jillson, S., 1864-1866

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Folder 21 Krider, John, 1862-1883

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Folder 22 L, general

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Folder 23 M, general

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Folder 24 Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1862-1868

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Folder 25 N, general

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Folder 26 Nesbitt, John, 1871-1881

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Folder 27 O, general

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Folder 28 P, general

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Folder 29 Q, general

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Folder 30 R, general

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Folder 31 Ridgway, Robert, 1887

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Folder 32 S, general

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Folder 33 Smithsonian Institution, 1864, 1868 and undated

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Folder 34 T, general

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Folder 35 Verrill, Addison Emery, 1861-1866

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Folder 36 W, general

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Folder 37 Wood, William, 1864-1885. Includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence.

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Folder 38 Unidentified correspondence

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Folder 39 Letter from Frederick Webb Hodge to William Jones Rhees (June 2, 1904) regarding the deposit of the George A. Boardman papers in the Smithsonian Institution

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Folder 40 Specimen lists and notes

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