Hornaday Collects Bison

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Summary

An expedition under the direction of chief taxidermist William Temple Hornaday goes to Montana to collect specimens for exhibition and exchange. Spurred by accounts of the decimation of the great herds of bison, the Smithsonian sought to secure a complete series of fresh skins for mounting "before it should become too late." Hornaday presents his experiences in his paper entitled, "The Extermination of the American Bison," which is published in the Annual Report of the United States National Museum for 1887.

Subject

  • Hornaday, William Temple 1854-1937
  • United States National Museum

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 5-6.
  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1889, p. 38, 60, 373-548.

Contact information

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

Date

May, 1886

Topic

  • Taxidermy
  • Scientific expeditions
  • American bison
  • Specimens
  • National Collections
  • Buffaloes
  • Buffalo

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