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During 1855 and 1856 specimens continue to be added to the museum's collection, primarily from: the surveys of the U.S.-Mexico boundary and the Pacific railroad route; the North Pacific Exploring Expedition under Captain Ringgold; the expedition to the Parana and its tributaries under Captain Page; the California coastal exploration headed by Lieutenant Trowbridge; exploration of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, under Lieut. G. K. Warren, accompanied by Dr. F. V. Hayden as geologist and naturalist (1856); and various other U.S. Army expeditions.


  • Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887
  • Page, Captain
  • Ringgold, Cadwalader 1802-1867
  • Trowbridge, William Pettit 1828-1892
  • Warren, Gouverneur Kemble 1830-1882
  • Pacific Railroad Surveys
  • United States and Mexican Boundary Survey
  • United States. Army
  • United States North Pacific Exploring Expedition


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1855, p. 42
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1856, p. 48-54

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