The Cosmos Club of Washington: A Centennial History, 1878-1978

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Work focuses on the history of the Cosmos Club, including a chronology, summary of the club's organization, list of the possessions of the club, "glimpses of club life," biographies of members (including Smithsonian administration and staff), and "current problems, opportunities, and future."


  • McGee, W. J. 1853-1912
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • Howard, Leland Ossian
  • Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
  • Coville, Frederick V
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Wetmore, Alexander 1886-
  • Oehser, Paul H
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
  • Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Includes photographs, index, notes on sources and appendices that cover publications by Club members, likenesses of members on display at the National Portrait Gallery, academic degrees of members, birth places of members, deaths and resignations and universities and colleges attended by members. Portraits include John Wesley Powell, Spencer F. Baird, George Brown Goode, William Henry Holmes, Charles D. Walcott, Richard Rathbun, Frederick V. Coville, Charles G. Abbot, Alexander Wetmore, Paul H. Oehser and others.

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




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