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Accession 00-082

National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits

Chief Taxidermist Records, circa 1970-1999

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits
Title: Chief Taxidermist Records
Dates: circa 1970-1999
Quantity: 3.43 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 12x17 box)
Collection: Accession 00-082
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records primarily document the work of Frank M. Greenwell, Smithsonian Taxidermist 1957-1999. Greenwell retired in 1999 and had achieved the title of Chief, Taxidermy/Conservation, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits. Greenwell was also a member of the National Taxidermists Association. Materials include information on the mounting of the "Fenykovi" Elephant (displayed in the rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History); the "Hasinger" Bengal Tiger (displayed in the National Museum of Natural History); and the mounting of "Mungo" a baby elephant, by William Temple Hornaday, nineteenth century Smithsonian Taxidermist. There are additional information files regarding Smithsonian Taxidermists William Temple Hornaday and Carl Ethan Akeley. Other featured collectors and collections include Smithsonian's joint African safari with Theodore Roosevelt (1909-1910). This safari substantially increased Smithsonian's African collections. There is one box of reference photographs that mostly depict live animals in various attitudes, and natural habitats. These were used as models for the Taxidermists in creating life-like mounts and dioramas of natural scenes. In addition to the animal and landscape photos, there are also photos of people, including two of Osa and Martin Johnson. Materials include articles, brochures, correspondence, drawings, formulas, informational files, memoranda, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, and sketches.

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These records primarily document the work of Frank M. Greenwell, Smithsonian Taxidermist 1957-1999. Greenwell retired in 1999 and had achieved the title of Chief, Taxidermy/Conservation, National Museum of Natural History, Office of Exhibits. Greenwell was also a member of the National Taxidermists Association. Materials include information on the mounting of the "Fenykovi" Elephant (displayed in the rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History); the "Hasinger" Bengal Tiger (displayed in the National Museum of Natural History); and the mounting of "Mungo" a baby elephant, by William Temple Hornaday, nineteenth century Smithsonian Taxidermist. There are additional information files regarding Smithsonian Taxidermists William Temple Hornaday and Carl Ethan Akeley. Other featured collectors and collections include Smithsonian's joint African safari with Theodore Roosevelt (1909-1910). This safari substantially increased Smithsonian's African collections. There is one box of reference photographs that mostly depict live animals in various attitudes, and natural habitats. These were used as models for the Taxidermists in creating life-like mounts and dioramas of natural scenes. In addition to the animal and landscape photos, there are also photos of people, including two of Osa and Martin Johnson. Materials include articles, brochures, correspondence, drawings, formulas, informational files, memoranda, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, and sketches.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 00-082, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Exhibits, Chief Taxidermist Records

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Container List

Box 1

"Hasinger" Tiger

Box 1 of 4

Mounting "Mungo"

Box 1 of 4

Restoration of "Winchester" - General Sheridan's horse

Box 1 of 4

Old taxidermist sketches of animal measurements

Box 1 of 4

Copies of Articles

Box 1 of 4

Taxidermy - General information file

Box 1 of 4

Photographs of sixteen attic mounts - Destroyed May 13-15, 1985

Box 1 of 4

National Taxidermists Association

Box 1 of 4

Taxidermy Publications

Box 1 of 4

Greenwell - Annotated Bibliography

Box 1 of 4

Greenwell - Notes on preparing specimens

Box 1 of 4

Greenwell - Correspondence

Box 1 of 4

Greenwell - Biographical sketch

Box 1 of 4

Workshop - "Principles of Conservation and Preventative Care," July 12-16, 1982

Box 1 of 4

SI Conservation Council Meetings

Box 1 of 4

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Taxidermic Collections - Lists and Notes on Care

Box 1 of 4

Carl E. Akeley

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

William T. Hornaday (4 folders)

Box 2 of 4

Theodore Roosevelt Exhibition - San Francisco, September 7-October 5, 1980

Box 2 of 4

Theodore Roosevelt - African Game

Box 2 of 4

Theodore Roosevelt - African Safari, 1909-1910

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Bears

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Birds

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Boars

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Camels

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Cats

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Dogs, Wolves, Foxes

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Deer, Goats, Antelopes, Cows, etc

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Elephants

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Giraffes

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Kangaroos

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Monkeys, Apes

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Reptiles

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Rhinoceros, Hippo

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Rodents

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Walrus, Seals

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Miscellaneous Animals

Box 2 of 4

Photographs - Taxidermy Shop (SI)

Box 2 of 4

Negatives (Old Taxidermy Shop and Mounts)

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Photographs - Modeling and Mounting of Elephant (Excluding Fenykovi Elephant)

Box 3 of 4

Negatives of the Restoration of the Fenykovi Elephant and Giraffes in Hall 14 (1982)

Box 3 of 4

Negatives of Greenwell Restorations

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - Modeling and Mounting of Large Mammals (Excluding Elephant)

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - Construction of Exhibit Cases (Mammals)

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - SI Building

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - New Exhibit Cases (Mammals)

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - Mammals on Exhibit - Halls 14 and 15 (1961- )

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - Old Exhibit Groups in Cases

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - Miscellaneous Exhibits

Box 3 of 4

Photographs - 75th Anniversary of the National Museum of Natural History Commemorative Book

Box 3 of 4

Photographs of People

Box 3 of 4

Osa Johnson

Box 3 of 4

Miscellaneous Images

Box 3 of 4

Box 4

Making Blue Whale

Box 4 of 4