Spencer F. Baird--Nineteenth Century Naturalist

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Summary

Brief biographical essay discusses Baird's early interests in natural history, education and teaching career at Dickinson College, relationship to John James Audubon, extensive correspondence network, publications, and program for developing the national ornithological collections. Spencer Baird was the first curator of the U.S. National Museum at the Smithsonian and the second Secretary (1878-1887) of the Institution.

Author

Herber, Elmer Charles

Subject

  • Audubon, John James 1785-1851
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Dickinson College

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science Vol. 29 (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

1955

Topic

  • Animals
  • Natural History
  • Secretaries
  • Birds
  • National Collections
  • Biography
  • Natural history
  • Ornithology

Physical description

pp. 43-47

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