Spencer Fullerton Baird Portrait

ID: MAH64751

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1840

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 2 Folder 5

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Summary

Portrait of Spencer Baird, second Secretary (1878-1887) of the Smithsonian Institution, as a young man. Baird arrived in Washington in 1850 to become Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, a post he held for 28 years. Upon the death of Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian (1847-1878), he became Secretary. The vigorous Pennsylvanian was to launch and assist dozens of expeditions to the American West. In addition to advice, training and instructions for making scientific observations and collections in the various disciplines of natural history, the Smithsonian provided the explorers with all manner of supplies, such as shipping containers, alcohol, arsenic (a preservative), and scientific instruments.

Author

Unknown

Subject

Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 2 Folder 5

Contact information

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

Date

1840

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Topic

  • Secretaries
  • Management
  • Museums
  • Portraits
  • Birds
  • Secretariats
  • Management--Museums
  • Museum directors
  • Ornithology

Form/Genre

Photographic print

ID Number

MAH64751

Physical description

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

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