Reorganization of USNM Departments

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To facilitate preparations for the Centennial Exhibition, Baird reports the organization of several departments within the National Museum: ethnology, under Dr. Charles Rau, assisted by Dr. Edward Foreman and Mr. Frank H. Cushing; minerals, under Prof. William P. Blake, assisted by Mr. Thomas Donaldson; and animals and fisheries, under Mr. G. Brown Goode, assisted by Mr. T. H. Bean and Mr. H. C. Chester.


  • Bean, Tarleton H (Tarleton Hoffman) 1846-1916
  • Blake, William P (William Phipps) 1826-1910
  • Chester, H. C
  • Cushing, Frank Hamilton 1857-1900
  • Donaldson, Thomas
  • Foreman, Edward
  • Rau, Charles 1826-1887
  • United States National Museum
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • For the first time, the listing of officers and assistants at the beginning of the Annual Report includes the names of those in charge of divisions of the National Museum. These are not the same individuals heading the departments established by Baird to prepare for the Centennial Exhibition.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1875, p. 6, 47
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1876, p. 8, 42

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  • Mineralogy
  • Natural History
  • Anthropology
  • New Departments
  • New Divisions
  • Reorganizations
  • Natural history

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