Engraving of Robert Kennicott

ID: SIA2011-1226


Form/Genre: Portraits

Date: C. 1860s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7073, Box 2, Folder: 5

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Engraving of Robert Kennicott done by the Western Engraving Co. Chicago.


  • Kennicott, Robert
  • Megatherium Club
  • Scientific Corps


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Robert Kennicott (1835-1866) was an explorer and naturalist noted for his field work in Alaska. Interested in natural history from a young age, he began sending specimens to Spencer Baird and the Smithsonian Institution. Though based in Chicago for most of his short career, he also worked in Washington, D.C. with Spencer Baird to organize the Smithsonian's amphibian and reptile collections. While in D.C. he lived in the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle" and was a member of the Megatherium Club. Kennicott died in Alaska on May 13, 1866, while commanding the Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, also known as the Western Union Telegraph Expedition.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7073, Box 2, Folder: 5

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


C. 1860s

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  • Explorers
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Portraits
  • Expeditions
  • Kennicott Expeditions




  • Portraits
  • Engraving

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 4.5w x 5.25h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Engraving

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