Special Desiderata Circular Issued by Baird

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Assistant Secretary Spencer F. Baird issues a circular requesting the help of officers of the Army and Navy and friends of science in general to collect specimens of little known animals and plants from west of the Mississippi and Gulf of Mexico. He includes instructions for preservation of the specimens, as well as a copy of the instructions from the Quartermaster General's Office, authorizing free transport of specimens.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • United States. Army
  • United States Dept. of the Navy


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 65, p. V 1, p. 7
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1846-52, p. 50, 1, 45, 108

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Spring, 1851


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