Celebration of the Eighty-sixth Anniversary of the Birth of Leonhard Stejneger, 1851-1937

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  • This dinner program was produced for a celebration in honor of Dr. Leonhard Stejneger's eighty-sixth birthday held on October 30, 1937 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Dr. Stejneger was born in Norway in 1851 and immigrated to the United States in 1881. An observer for the U. S. Signal Service and representative of the Smithsonian Institution in Kamchatka and the Commander Islands in the North Pacific in 1882 and 1883, he became assistant curator of birds at the Smithsonian Institution's United States National Museum in 1884, curator of reptiles in 1889, and head curator of biology in 1911.
  • The program includes a National Gallery of Art portrait of Dr. Stejneger and a chronology of the honoree's life, including a list of memberships in scientific organizations, a partial list of works authored, and a list of animals named after him. Also included in the program is a list of the speakers who gave "Addresses of Appreciation" beginning with Smithsonian Secretary Charles G. Abbot presiding, followed by "Stejneger the Youth" by Norwegian Ambassador to the United States; Wilhelm M. Morgenstierne; "Stejneger as an Ornithologist" by Dr. Alexander Wetmore; "Stejneger as a Herpetologist" by Professor Albert H. Wright; "Stejneger as a Zoogeographer" by Dr. William Mann; "Stejneger as a Nomenclatorist" by Dr. Charles W. Stiles, and "Stejneger as a Man" by Dr. Albert K. Fisher.


  • Morgenstierne, Wilhelm b. 1887
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Fisher, A. K (Albert Kenrick) 1856-1948
  • Mann, William M. 1886-1960
  • Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Wright, Albert Hazen 1879-
  • Stiles, Charles Wardell 1867-1941
  • Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States National Museum
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • United States Signal Service


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


  • Cover title: "1851-1937: Dinner in honor of Dr. Leonhard Stejneger"
  • Included are photographs and illustrations. Interleaved copy with signatures of the many diners including the honoree.

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




  • Animals
  • Herpetology
  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Biology
  • Herpetologists
  • Museums
  • Scientists
  • Taxonomists
  • Biography
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
  • Museum curators
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Norway
  • Washington (D.C.)



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Number of pages : 12

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