Miss Virginia Beets

ID: SIA2010-3251

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: June 4, 1954

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 44, Folder 10

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Miss Virginia Beets, with the Department of Entomology at the United States National Museum, now known as the National Museum of Natural History, is wearing a necklace of Brazilian beetles set in gold. In Brazil the beetles have such beautifully colored, hard-shelled coats upon their backs that they are sometimes set in pins and necklaces like precious stones.


  • Beets, Virginia
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Entomology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Entomology


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Beets was appointed a secretary in the Division of Insects, U.S. National Museum in 1949. She then worked on the creation of the National Museum of American History and served as the NMAH Registrar from 1973 to her retirement in 1983.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 44, Folder 10

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


June 4, 1954

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  • Women
  • Beetles
  • Insects
  • Entomology
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Jewelry
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees




  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 7.7w x 9.5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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