Feather Expert Roxie Laybourne

ID: SIA2009-2205

Creator: Minor-Penland, Laurie

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1990s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-016, Box 1, Folder: Photos/No. 60 Spring 1990

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Summary

  • Feather expert Roxie Laybourne examines one of the many feathers that arrive at her office. Tucked away in a small office in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Laybourne is the world's leading expert on feather identification. She first began work at the Smithsonian in 1944.
  • Roxie C. Laybourne originated the science of forensic ornithology. Often called the "feather detective," Laybourne used feathers to identify bird-strike accidents in military and commercial aircraft, to solve crimes for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to identify feathers unearthed by archeologists, and to recognize species of endangered, poached, or illegally killed birds.

Author

Minor-Penland, Laurie

Subject

  • Laybourne, Roxie Collie Simpson
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Zoology
  • Department of Zoology (USNM)
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Biology Division of Birds
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Birds

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Smithsonian Institution Research Reports Spring 1990

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-016, Box 1, Folder: Photos/No. 60 Spring 1990

Contact information

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

Date

1990

Restrictions

No restrictions

Topic

  • Forensic sciences
  • Zoology
  • Personnel management
  • Women
  • Employees
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Birds
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Specimens
  • Birds
  • Women
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Ornithologists
  • Ornithology
  • Forensic sciences
  • Zoologists
  • Specimens

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2009-2205

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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