Leonhard Stejneger

ID: SIA2009-4251

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Portraits

Date: circa 1920

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22, Folder 13

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Summary

Portrait of Leonhard Stejneger (1851-1943), ornithologist, herpetologist and zoologist.

Author

Unknown

Subject

  • Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
  • United States National Museum
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Reptiles and Batrachians
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Leonhard Stejneger (1851-1943), ornithologist, herpetologist and zoologist, was born in Norway. In 1881 he left for the United States and arrived in Washington, D.C., where he soon began working with the birds of the New World at the Smithsonian Institution with particular interest in aquatic birds. In December 1884, he was appointed Assistant Curator in the Department of Birds under Robert Ridgway, Curator. In 1889, after the resignation of Henry Crecy Yarrow, Honorary Curator of the Department of Reptiles and Batrachians, Stejneger became the first full-time Curator for the Department. In 1903 he served as Acting Head Curator of the Department of Biology for several months, and in 1911 he was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Biology after Frederick William True vacated the post. From that time until his death, Stejneger served both as Head Curator of the Department of Biology and Curator of the Division of Reptiles and Batrachians.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22, Folder 13

Contact information

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

Date

circa 1920

Restrictions

No restrictions

Topic

  • Zoology
  • Herpetology
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Herpetologists
  • Birds
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Zoologists
  • Ornithologists
  • Museum curators
  • Ornithology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Form/Genre

  • Portraits
  • Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2009-4251

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 3.5w x 5.5h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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