Spencer F. Baird of the Smithsonian

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This biography of the life of Spencer F. Baird, includes information on his childhood, education and family; his career as U.S. Fish Commissioner, Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the Smithsonian; his involvement in expeditions; and his relationship with the U.S. National Museum and with collectors. Also provides interesting historical information on the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Baird, Mary Helen Churchill
  • Baird, Lucy Hunter
  • Agassiz, Louis 1807-1873
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Rhees, William Jones 1830-1907
  • Dall, William Healey 1845-1927
  • Gray, Asa 1810-1888
  • Jewett, Charles C (Charles Coffin) 1816-1868
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Marsh, George Perkins 1801-1882
  • Cassin, John
  • Brewer, T. M (Thomas Mayo) 1814-1880
  • United States Fish Commission
  • United States National Museum
  • Arts and Industries Building


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes photographs, notes, bibliography and index.

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




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