A Grand Failure: The Centennial Indian Exhibition of 1876

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Work discusses the Indian exhibition at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition and Baird's influence on the exhibit. Explores Baird's relationship with exhibitions and provides information on explorations such as that of Edward Palmer to southern Utah, Paul Schumacher to the Pacific Coast and James Swan to Alaska, as well as expeditions by J.W. Powell.


  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Swan, James Gilchrist
  • Palmer, Edward
  • Schumacher, Paul
  • Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes photographs and extensive footnotes.

Contained within

Prologue Vol. 6 (Journal)

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


Summer 1974


  • Scientific expeditions
  • Ethnology
  • National Collections


North America

Physical description

pp. 118-129

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