Spencer Fullerton Baird: The Collector of Collectors

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Popular article documenting the career and contributions of Spencer F. Baird. Includes biographical information, but focuses on Baird's interest in philately and the gift, by Mary Baird, of his stamp collection to the USNM, and eventually the National Philatelic Collection.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • National Postal Museum (U.S.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Copy located in "Publications Using SI Archives Collections, A-Z." Smithsonian Institution Archives, File Room.

Contained within

The American Philatelist Vol. 103 (Journal)

Contact information

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


November 1989


  • Postage stamps
  • Secretaries
  • Collectors and collecting
  • National Postal History and Philatelic Museum (U.S.)
  • Museums
  • Biography
  • Stamp collecting
  • Museum exhibits

Physical description

pp. 1061-1065

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