A Memorial of George Brown Goode, together with a selection of his papers on museums and on the history of science in America

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Consists of a series of biographical sketches of George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum at the Smithsonian, and a selection of his writings. Trained as a naturalist and ichthyologist, Goode became a noted museum administrator and leader in museum theory and practice. He also maintained an avocational interest in genealogy and the history of museums and of science.


  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • United States National Museum
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


  • Contains the following: Address at the Memorial Meeting for Goode-- "Introductory Remarks" by Gardiner Greene Hubbard, "Opening Address" by Samuel Pierpont Langley, "Goode as Historian and Citizen" by William Lyne Wilson, "Goode as a Naturalist" by Henry Fairfield Osborn, "Goode's Activities in Relation to American Science" by William Healey Dall, "Memoir of George Brown Goode" by Samuel Pierpont Langley. Includes the following papers by Goode: "Museum--History and Museums of History," "The Genesis of the United States National Museum," "The Principles of Museum Administration," and "The Museums of the Future."
  • Also "The Origin of the National Scientific and Educational Institutions of the United States," "The Beginnings of Natural History in America," and "The Beginnings of American Science," "The First National Scientific Congress (Washington, April, 1844) and its Connection with the Organization of the American Association." Also contains a bibliography of the published writings of Goode, by Randolph Iltyd Geare.

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Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1897, Part II, Annual Report of the U. S. National Museum, 1897 (Book)

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  • Natural History
  • Science
  • Museums
  • History
  • Bibliography
  • Natural history
  • Science--History
  • Museum techniques
  • Biography

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