1872 Interagency Collection Transfers

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Additions to the national museum in 1872 include the rock and mineral collection of the Land Office of the United States Department of the Interior, and collections of the various government expeditions, especially those under the charge of professors Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden, John Wesley Powell and Lieutenant G. M. Wheeler. At this point in time, it is the policy of the Smithsonian to turn over all human crania and skeletons to the Army Medical Museum, while insects and plants are deposited with the United States Department of Agriculture. [See also 7/9/1872 entry.]


  • Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887
  • Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
  • Wheeler, George M (George Montague) 1842-1905
  • Army Medical Museum (U.S.)
  • United States. Army)
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1872, p. 47-49
  • Rhees, William Jones. The Smithsonian Institution: Documents Relative to Its Origin and History: 1835-1899, Vol. 1, 1835-1887. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1901., p. 693-694, 770-771, 1013

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