List of Directors of the U.S. National Museum, 1850-1967

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1850-1967. Persons who directed the United States National Museum (under various titles) have included: Spencer F. Baird, 1850-1878; George Brown Goode, 1881-1896; Charles D. Walcott, 1897-1898; Richard Rathbun, 1897-1918; William deC. Ravenel, 1918-1925; Alexander Wetmore, 1925-1948; A. Remington Kellogg, 1948-1962; and Frank A. Taylor, 1962-1967.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Kellogg, Remington 1893-1969
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Ravenel, William deC
  • Taylor, Frank A (Frank Augustus) 1903-2007
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
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  • Goode's tenure includes the years 1881-1887, when he was serving as Assistant Director of the Museum without the title of Assistant Secretary. Walcott served as Acting Assistant Secretary. Ravenel's title was Administrative Assistant to the Secretary, in charge of the United States National Museum.
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4., p. 22

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