George S. Switzer with Donor Durward Howes

ID: MNH 2556

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: April 1971

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22, Folder 45

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George S. Switzer, Division of Mineral Sciences Chairman, 1963-1968; Associate Curator, 1948-1956, standing at left, with Durward Howes seated at desk, and Associate Curator Paul Desautels standing to the right. Mr. Howes is looking at a collection of Mississippi freshwater pearls that he donated to the Smithsonian.


  • Desautels, Paul E
  • Howes, Durward
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Mineral Sciences


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


The Mississippi freshwater pearls are U.S. National Museum Accession #295806. Additional images are 2556-A and 2556-B.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22, Folder 45

Contact information

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


April 1971

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  • Donors
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Switzer, George S
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Mineralogists
  • Pearls
  • Museum curators


Washington (D.C.)


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

MNH 2556

Physical description

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

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