Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Museum of Natural History. Division of Birds
This accession documents the career of Roxie C. Laybourne, a pioneering forensic scientist at the Smithsonian Institution whose expertise in identifying bird feathers helped government agencies and jet engine manufacturers take measures to keep birds away from aircraft. Laybourne worked in the Division of Birds for more than 40 years before retiring in 1988 as curator emeritus. In later years, she served as a consultant to the division of law enforcement of the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory and taught biology at George Mason University as an adjunct professor.
Records consist of correspondence, awards and certificates, articles and biographical materials about Laybourne, law enforcement files, and research materials.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 04-056, National Museum of Natural History. Division of Birds, Correspondence