Biographical Memoirs of Spencer Fullerton Baird

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Gives a short synopsis of Baird's life, but refers readers to Goode's "Biographical Sketch" for principal events. Focuses on Baird's ornithological career including, early correspondence with Audubon and other noted ornithologists, his collection, his publications, his training in systematic ornithology, the traits associated with the "Bairdian School" of ornithology, and his personal influence in the field.


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


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Memoir originally read before the Fifth Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union. Written version reprinted from the Auk, January, 1888, vol. 5, no. 1.

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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1888 (Book)

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




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pp. 703-713

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