Explorations and Field-Work of the Smithsonian Institution in 1914: Preparation of Exhibits Illustrating the Natural History of Man

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Detailed description of the anthropological exhibits at the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. The exhibits showed the results of exploration and field work done by the Smithsonian Institution and filled five rooms in the Exposition's Science of Man building. One room was fitted out as a laboratory, library and lecture room, while the other four were devoted to various segments of the natural history of man: human evolution, man's life cycle, human variation, and pathology and death. The exhibits were supplemented by a catalogue and other literature, lectures and demonstrations, and served as a valuable educational tool. The article concludes with the hope that the exhibits would become the foundation of a museum in San Diego.


  • Panama-California Exposition
  • San Diego Museum of Man


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Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. 65, No. 6 (Publication 2363) (Journal)

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




  • Scientific expeditions
  • Natural History
  • Fairs
  • Exhibitions
  • Field Work
  • Anthropology
  • Physical anthropology
  • Exhibition buildings
  • Natural history
  • Expositions


San Diego (Calif.)

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pgs. 55-62

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