Random Records of a Lifetime, 1846-1931, 20 volumes, cullings, largely personal, from the scrap heap of three score years and ten, devoted to science, literature and art

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Covers William Henry Holmes' career at the United States Geological Survey, Bureau of American Ethnology, and National Gallery of Art; prizes and awards; expeditions to Yellowstone, Colorado, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, and California; work on the Freer Gallery of Art; and thoughts on his career in art, art history, anthropology and geology.


  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States National Museum


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


  • Discovery and exploration
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Art
  • Autobiography
  • Geology
  • Ethnology
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Art--History
  • Art objects
  • Bibliography


  • West (U.S.)
  • North America

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Housed at the American Art and Portrait Galleries Library

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