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Describes the relationship of second Smithsonian Secretary Spencer F. Baird with Andrew Jackson Grayson, an amateur collector and illustrator of birds in California and Mexico in the 1850s and 1860s. Grayson's drawings and notes, preserved by his wife Frances Grayson, were finally published as "Birds of the Pacific Slope" by Arion Press of San Francisco in 1987.


  • Audubon, John James 1785-1851
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Grayson, Andrew Jackson
  • Grayson, Frances


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Six illustrations accompany the article.

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Audubon (Journal)

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


September 1987


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Animals
  • Secretaries
  • SI, Early History
  • Birds
  • Scientific illustration
  • National Collections
  • Biography
  • Ornithology


  • Mexico
  • California

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pp. 20-26

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