Meek's Cat Lives in the "Castle"

ID: 92-15019

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1870

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7062, Box 8, Folder:12

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Pencil drawing by Fielding B. Meek, a paleontologist, who lived in the "Castle" or Smithsonian Institution Building, of his cat watching water drip, which he labeled, "This is all the family I have."


  • Meek, Fielding Bradford
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Fielding B. Meek lived in the Castle, the Smithsonian Institution Building, which in its early years provided lodging for the Institution's scientists, curators, and labor force. Meek, a paleontologist, came to the Smithsonian in 1858. Receiving no salary, he was compensated with the use of a workroom and a bedroom which was located in a corner of the lecture hall under stairs leading to the balcony. After that room was destroyed by fire in 1865, and until his death in 1876, he probably occupied a room in one of the north towers. He became quite isolated as he lost his hearing. During his last years, because of failing health, he spent his winters in Florida and the rest of the time at the "Castle".

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7062, Box 8, Folder:12

Contact information

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


c. 1870

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  • Pets
  • Cats
  • Animals
  • Paleontologists
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • SI, Early History
  • Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Drawing


  • Photographic print
  • Animal, candid

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 5w x 4h; Type of Image: Animal; Medium: 4"x5" negative

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