Spencer F. Baird: World-Famous Naturalist

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Opens with a discussion of Herber's interest in Spencer Fullerton Baird. Summarizes Baird's youth, family, education especially at Dickinson College, marriage to Mary Churchill, appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian in 1850, collecting networks, and role in establishing the United States National Museum and United States Fish Commission.


  • Baird, Mary Helen Churchill
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Dickinson College
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum
  • Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


The Boyd Lee Spahr lectures in Americana, 1951-56, Dickinson College

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John and Mary's College (Book)

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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
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Ichthyology
  • Birds
  • Biography
  • Natural history
  • Ornithology

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pp. 212-23

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