Ornithologist Cataloging Specimens, Natural History Laboratory, in the Smithsonian Institution Building

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Engraving of a scientist sitting at a table with a taxidermied bird in front of him as he catalogs bird specimens in the Natural History Laboratory of the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle." The engraving was published in the Smithsonian Guidebook of 1857. Bird specimens litter the floor.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Laboratory of Natural History
  • National Collections


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31A, Folder: 15

Contact information

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



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  • Natural History
  • SI, Early History
  • Birds
  • Employees
  • Cataloging
  • Taxidermy
  • Engraving
  • Animals
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Visitor's Guide
  • Scientists
  • Natural History Laboratory
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
  • Natural history
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Photographic print
  • Interior
  • Engraving
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2011-2391 or 43754A

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 10w x 8h ; Type of Image: Person, candid; Engraving ; Medium: Photographic print

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