William L. Brown Retires

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William L. Brown, USNM taxidermist, retires after over 51 years of service. He was honored at a party in the Great Hall of the SI Building on that date. Brown was responsible for the preparation of the Fénykövi elephant in the rotunda of the Natural History Building, 1958-1959.


  • Brown, William L
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch gives date as June 29.
  • Torch, 7/1959, p. 1
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1959, p. 54
  • The TORCH article notes that Fenykovi donated the elephant to the museum in 1953. However, according to the Smithsonian Institution's Annual Reports, the elephant was not accessioned by the museum until 1958.

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


June 30, 1959


  • Taxidermy
  • Animals
  • Retirement
  • Elephants

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