Robert Kennicott, Explorer, in Field Outfit

ID: SIA2011-0145

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Card photograph

Date: c. 1860s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 27C, Folder: 37

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Robert Kennicott (1835-1866), explorer and naturalist, in his field clothes. Noted for his field work in Alaska, Kennicott was one of a group of young naturalists who lived in the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle" and dubbed themselves "The Megatherium Club." Kennicott died in Alaska on May 13, 1866, while commanding the Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, also known as the Western Union Telegraph Expedition.


  • Kennicott, Robert
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


43604 or MAH-43604 is the black and white negative and print, as well as this original carte de visite.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 27C, Folder: 37

Contact information

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


c. 1860s

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  • Explorers
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Scientific Corps
  • Expeditions
  • Megatherium Club




  • Card photograph
  • Portraits

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Physical description

Color: Sepia; Size: 2.5w x 4h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Card photograph

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