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Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird reports that nineteen principal accessions to the Museum are on record as of January 1, 1851. These include such items as sealed bottles of water from the Dead Sea, boxes of minerals, and various mammal skulls. Specimens are also brought back by the explorations of Fendler, Wright and Culbertson and from the geological survey of the Lake Superior region. Hundreds of specimens belonging to Baird are also deposited by him in the "Cabinet of the Smithsonian Institution." The total expenses for "collections, museum" are $543.00.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • United States National Museum


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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1850, p. 41-43, 61

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December 31, 1850


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