Spencer F. Baird--Nineteenth Century Naturalist

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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.


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


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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

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




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

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pp. 43-47

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