Richard Rathbun

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Covers Richard Rathbun's years at Cornell University studying geology and paleontology, work at the Museum of Comparative Zoology and United States Fish Commission with Smithsonian Secretary Spencer F. Baird, explorations in South America, and appointments at the Smithsonian as curator, assistant secretary, and acting secretary, including his involvement in the construction of the United States National Museum building, development of the National Gallery of Art, and acceptance of the Freer donation.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Freer, Charles Lang 1854-1919
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Cornell University
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1919 (Book)

Contact information

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Geology
  • Secretaries
  • Biology
  • Museums
  • Management
  • Taxonomists
  • Paleontology
  • Marine Biology
  • Museum buildings
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Animals
  • Invertebrates
  • Biography
  • Buildings
  • Building
  • Management--Museums
  • Marine biology
  • Museum curators
  • Museum directors


  • South America
  • Washington (D.C.)



Physical description

pp. 523-529

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