Smithsonian Collections Lost in Chicago Fire
The Chicago fire destroys the Chicago Academy of Sciences. Smithsonian collections at the Academy are destroyed, including the best part of the material of the Department of Marine Invertebrates, United States National Museum, which were being worked on by William Stimpson. The loss includes most of the Smithsonian crustacean holdings from the U.S. Exploring Expedition which had been sent to the Academy for comparison with other collections. About fifty ethnographic pieces are also lost.
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu