Circular to Collect Anthropology Specimens

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Secretary Joseph Henry issues a circular requesting specimens for the Smithsonian Institution's collections that illustrate the history of the American Indian tribes. He refers to the earlier circulars by Smithsonian ethnologist George Gibbs, which give instructions on collecting, and offers to make return in the form of publications of the Institution, and if possible, specimens of natural history.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Gibbs, George 1815-1873


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Vol. 8 (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1869), Article VII.

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January 15, 1867


  • Citizen science
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  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Anthropology
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  • Indians of North America


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