Palmer Hired as First Taxidermist

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Summary

The first permanent taxidermist, Joseph Palmer, is hired to do the work on specimens in the United States National Museum. The taxidermy previously had been done by outside contractors and some staff members. In 1874 his son, William, also joins the taxidermy staff.

Subject

  • Palmer, Joseph
  • Palmer, William
  • United States National Museum

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4, p. 61.

Contact information

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

Date

1872

Topic

  • Taxidermy
  • Firsts
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Employees
  • National Collections
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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