Robert Ridgway Sitting at a Desk

ID: SIA2011-0031

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. mid 1890s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 194, Folder: Ridgway, Robert

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Summary

Robert Ridgway sits at his desk on which there is a book he is looking at. Pictures and a diploma are hanging on the wall and part of a bookcase is visible Ridgway was an American ornithologist and first full time curator of birds at the Smithsonian's United States National Museum. He was a protégé of Smithsonian Secretary Spencer F. Baird. In the image you can see Ridgway's hand is blackened from the arsenic used to preserve the bird skins. While researching birds. Ridgway produced wonderful drawings and paintings of birds.

Subject

  • Ridgway, Robert 1850-1929
  • United States National Museum

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 194, Folder: Ridgway, Robert

Contact information

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

Date

c. mid 1890s

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No restrictions

Topic

  • Animals
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Ornithologists
  • Museum curators
  • Ornithology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2011-0031

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 5w x 7h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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