Jane Wadden Turner, Smithsonian Librarian and Pioneer

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Jane Wadden Turner (1818-1896) was the first female employee of the Smithsonian, appointed a library clerk in 1857. She had been trained by and assisted her brother, William Wadden Turner, in creating the first catalog of the National Museum's library.


  • Dall, Caroline Wells Healey 1822-1912
  • Turner, Jane Wadden
  • Turner, William W (William Wadden) 1810-1859
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Smithsonian Library


Smithsonian History Bibliography


For biographical information on the Turner family, see Caroline Healey Dall, "In Memoriam. Susan Wadden Turner. Professor William Wadden Turner, librarian of the Patent Office, Washington, D.C. Jane Wadden Turner. Recorder of Scientific Collections and Exchanges at the Smithsonian Institution for thirty years and for twenty years Assistant Librarian to the Library of Congress. Privately printed, November 1898. Digital version available through the online Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Connect: Smithsonian Libraries: Summer 2014 (Journal)

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




  • Women
  • Personnel management
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Employees
  • Libraries
  • History
  • Librarians
  • Libraries--History
  • Women--Employees
  • Women--History
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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