Servant of Savants: James Gant's Long Career in Employ of Scientists

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Popular anecdotal piece about the first African-American to work for the United States National Museum, James Thomas Gant. Explores Gant's relationships with the first three Secretaries.


  • Gant, James Thomas
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States National Museum


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From Record Unit 7081, Box 44, Folder 35 in the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Please note that this piece reflects the sentiment of the period and paints a rather derogatory portrait of James T. Gant and African- American workers in general.

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Washington Post (Newspaper)

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


June 10, 1900


  • Secretaries
  • SI, Early History
  • African Americans

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