Laboratory of Natural History, SI Building

ID: 2005-10437

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Engraving

Date: c. 1856

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31A, Folder 15

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Engraving of the Laboratory of Natural History in the East Range of the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle," which was open for study of natural history specimens. Pictured is a scientist with several natural history specimens on a table and a man walking into the room. The engraving was published in the Guidebook of 1857.


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Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • The old negative number is 43804-F. For a version of this image with test, see digital file number MAH-43804F.
  • From William Jones Rhees, An Account of the Smithsonian Institution (Philadelphia: Collins, 1857).

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 31A, Folder 15

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


c. 1856

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  • Taxidermy
  • Engraving
  • Laboratories
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Natural History
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Employees
  • Visitor's Guide
  • Natural History Laboratory
  • Natural history
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Engraving
  • Interior

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Engraving

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