George Brown Goode and the Smithsonian Museums: A National Museum of Cultural History

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Describes George Brown Goode's early life and education, early career as an exhibit specialist designing exhibits for world's fairs and expositions, relationship with Spencer Baird, and appointment as assistant secretary in charge of the U. S. National Museum. Also includes a short history of the USNM and its collections; Goode's exhibition methodology, museological ideas, and influence on museum administration and exhibition policies worldwide; and the direction the Smithsonian museums have taken since Goode's death.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • United States National Herbarium
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Children's Room
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Volume consists of a series of essays by Alexander on major figures in the history of museums, such as Sir Hans Sloane and G. Brown Goode.

Contained within

Museum Masters: Their Museums and Their Influence (Book)

Contact information

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




  • Education
  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • SI, Early History
  • Exhibitions
  • Ichthyology
  • Museums
  • Management
  • National Collections
  • Management--Museums
  • Museum techniques
  • Museum curators
  • Museum directors
  • Museums--Educational aspects


Washington (D.C.)

Physical description

Page numbers: 277-309

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