True Appointed Librarian for USNM

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Frederick William True is placed in charge of the National Museum Library. Due to increased activity in investigation, as well as the needs of curators, the old system of drawing books from the Congressional Library is no longer sufficient. A small number of works were reclaimed from the Smithsonian Deposit in the Library of Congress, but most of the collection came from the private library of Spencer Baird.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • True, Frederick William 1858-1914
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Deposit (Library of Congress)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Jane Turner will remain in charge of the Smithsonian collection and the Smithsonian Deposit at the Library of Congress until her retirement in 1887. Others who will be in charge of the library (under various titles) through 1943 are: John Murdoch, 1887-1892; J. Elfreth Watkins, 1892; Cyrus Adler, 1892-1909; F.W. True, 1911-1914; Paul Brockett, 1914-1924; William L. Corbin, 1925-1942; Leila F. Clark, 1943-
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 179.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1881. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883, p. 95-96.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




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