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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Person, candid
Date:
c. 1870
Topic:
Museum techniques
Wesleyan University
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Standard number:
11421 or 37872-A
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896) as a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, c. 1870. From 1887 to 1896, Goode served as Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum (USNM), Smithsonian Institution. This photograph of Goode shows him looking at the camera which is slightly to his right. Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder: 28A
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1870s
Topic:
Museum techniques
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Busts
Standard number:
37331 or MNH-37331
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. This photograph of Goode is taken from his left and shows him looking to his right. Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist, by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder: 28A
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1880s
Topic:
Museum techniques
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Ichthyology
Portraits
Standard number:
9508 or MAH-9508
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
See also Negative #'s: 06832; 10619; 10663; 10666; 10667; 10739; 21108
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. This photograph of Goode shows him sitting, looking directly at the camera with his left hand in his pocket. Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder: 28B
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1880s
Topic:
Museum techniques
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Portraits
Standard number:
10667 or MAH-10667
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
This image appears to be a cropped and air-brushed version of negative #9508
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. This photograph of Goode shows him looking directly at the camera. Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder: 28B
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Sepia; Size: 5w x 6 1/2h; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1880s
Topic:
Museum techniques
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Ichthyology
Busts
Standard number:
11776 or MAH-11776
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. This bust image of Goode shows him sitting in a chair, turned slightly to the camera, which is to his left. Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder: 28B
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Sepia; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1880s
Topic:
Museum techniques
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Portraits
Standard number:
2002-12176
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is 47868, but that negative has been lost. This appears to be a cropped and air-brushed version of negative #11776
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. An ichthyologist by training, Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder: 28B
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Portrait (Front) of George Brown Goode, undated

Depicted:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Physical description:
1 photoprint 004 in x 006 in mounted on 007 in x 008 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
undated
Local number:
NAA INV 02858500
Cite as:
NAA INV 02858500, Photo Lot 33, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Portraits of anthropologists 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
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George Brown Goode's Office in A&I Building, 1896

Author:
Unknown (Thomas W. Smillie?)
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Arts and Industries Building Northest Pavilion
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Interior
Date:
1896
Topic:
United States National Museum Building
Offices
Interiors
Museum buildings
Chairs
Standard number:
9443 or MAH-9443
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Note on back of photo SA 611, part of this same series, indicates the dating of the photo. Original 8x10 card-mounted in Box
Summary:
George Brown Goode's office in the Northwest Pavilion of the National Museum Building, shortly after his death. The photo shows his desk piled high with materials, overflowing bookshelves, an unusual chair with antler back and arm rails, taxidermy specimens, a basket under the desk, and a bust. Photo was taken in September of 1896
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 32, Folder: 18A
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode Collection, circa 1814-1897 and undated, with related materials to 1925

Creator:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Agassiz, Louis 1807-1873
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823-1887
Judd Museum of Natural History
United States Fish Commission
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)
United States National Museum Assistant Director
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
London International Fisheries Exposition (1883)
Physical description:
6.45 linear meters
Type:
Signatures (names)
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Date:
1814
1814-1925
circa 1814-1897 and undated, with related materials to 1925
Topic:
Ichthyology
Museums--Administration
Local number:
SIA RU007050
Notes:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), ichthyologist and museum administrator, received his B.S. degree from Wesleyan University in 1870. After a year of postgraduate study with Louis Agassiz at Harvard University, Goode returned to Wesleyan to direct the Judd Museum of Natural History. In 1872, Goode met Spencer F. Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and United States Fish Commissioner. He quickly became Baird's chief pupil and assistant. In 1873, Goode was appointed Assistant Curator in the United States National Museum (USNM), a position he retained until 1877 when his title was changed to Curator. In 1881, when the new USNM building was completed, Goode was promoted to Assistant Director. On January 12, 1887, Goode was appointed Assistant Secretary in charge of the USNM, and he remained the chief administrative officer of the museum until his death
Goode's primary scientific interest was ichthyology, and he published both specialized and popular works on fish and fisheries. In addition to his duties at the USNM, Goode also served in various capacities for the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries. After Baird's death in 1887, Goode assumed the position of Fish Commissioner until January 1888
Goode was regarded as the premier American museum administrator of his era. In 1881, he issued Circular No. 1 of the National Museum which set forth a comprehensive scheme of organization for the museum. Goode was involved in designing and installing Smithsonian and Fish Commission exhibits at many of the international expositions held during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Goode was also a historian, bibliographer, and genealogist, and he published several papers on the history of American science
Summary:
This collection provides partial documentation of Goode's professional career and personal life. The collection is strongest in documenting his research on fish and fisheries. Included is a large collection of autograph letters and signatures of scientists, government officials, diplomats, artists, literary figures, and socialites; incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting professional activities and research interests; correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and related records documenting his work on fish and fisheries; collected materials from the London International Fisheries Exposition of 1883; manuscripts and research materials from an unpublished ichthyological bibliography; an unpublished manuscript on the history of American science; scrapbooks and notebooks maintained during his childhood, college days, and early career; biographical materials on Goode; and various manuscripts, notes, photographs and drawings
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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George Brown Goode, Samuel D. Langley, and Otis T. Mason with Two Moai (Lava Stone Effigy Figures) Inside Museum Building n.d

Creator:
Smillie, Thomas William
Subject:
NMNH
Physical description:
1 photoprint 007 in x 009 in mounted on 007 in x 009 in
Culture:
Easter Islanders
Type:
Photographs
Date:
nd
Local number:
NAA INV 04960200
OPPS NEG 80-19648
Cite as:
DOE Oceania: Easter Island: Objects 04960200, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Photograph collection ca. 1860s-1960s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1880
Topic:
Museum techniques
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Busts
Standard number:
SA-610
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. This photograph of Goode is taken from directly in front and shows him looking slightly to his right. Goode's signature is below his image. Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist, by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder 28
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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George Brown Goode

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
United States National Museum
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Date:
c. 1880s
Topic:
Museum techniques
Sons of the American Revolution, District of Columbia Society
Historians
History--United States
Management--Museums
Museum curators
Museum directors
Museums--Employees
Busts
Standard number:
SA-609
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
George Brown Goode (1851-1896), Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1887 to 1896. This photograph of Goode is taken from directly in front and shows him looking slightly to his right. Goode's signature is below his image. Text below indicates that Goode was "President of the District of Columbia Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Born, February 13, 1851; Died, September 6, 1896." Goode was an ichthyologist, or fish specialist, by training. Goode joined the staff of the Smithsonian to assist with preparations for exhibits at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and eventually became one of the leading figures in American museum theory and practice. He also was very active in the field of American history
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 9, Folder 28
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Meeting of Geologists, 1902

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Kubel, Stephen Joseph
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Rizer, Henry C
Babb, Cyrus C
McGee, W. J. 1853-1912
Gilbert, Grove Karl 1843-1918
Powell, John Wesley 1834-1902
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
Physical description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1902
Topic:
Geologists
Brown, Amos P
Day, David T
Hayes, Charles Willard
Baker, Marcus
Pilling, James
Diller, J. S
Standard number:
75-5228
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Summary:
A meeting of geologists who are identified as: on the right, 1st row: John Wesley Powell; Amos P. Brown; Newell; Sawyer; Henry Garnett; Chapman; Cyrus C. Babb; David T. Day; Sutton. 2nd row: Charles Doolittle Walcott; William Henry Holmes; Charles Willard Hayes; T. Gill; Rubit J. Hill; Croffutt. On the left, 1st row: William John McGee; Grove Karl Gilbert; Marcus Baker; James C. Pilling; Stephen Joseph Kubel; Wilson; Parker. 2nd row: Henry C. Rizer; J. S. Diller; George Brown Goode; Turner
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 28, Folder 12
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Samuel P. Langley with the Easter Island Statues

Author:
Unknown
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
United States National Museum
Arts and Industries Building
Physical description:
Color: Cyano type; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1888
Topic:
Secretaries
Statues
Collections
Anthropology
Easter Island
Exhibitions
Asian Ethnology
Anthropology--Asian
Hall of Pacific and South Asian Ethnology
Pacific and South Asian Ethnology Exhibits
Standard number:
2002-12182
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is MNH 5793A, but that negative has been lost. A similar print is Neg. # MNH 4072. According to Ellis Yochelson in the publication 'The National Museum of Natural History' (p.97), Easter Island sculptures were acquired in 1887 and installed the following year
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906), George Brown Goode (left) and Otis T. Mason (right) standing in the U.S. National Museum Building, now known as the Arts and Industries Building (A&I), beside one of the Easter Island statues
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8C
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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Langley with Easter Island Statues

Author:
Unknown (Thomas W. Smillie?)
Subject:
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
United States National Museum
Arts and Industries Building
Physical description:
Color: Cyanotype; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Group, candid
Date:
1888
Topic:
Secretaries
Statues
National Collections
Easter Island
Anthropology
Exhibitions
Asian Ethnology
Anthropology--Asian
Hall of Pacific and South Asian Ethnology
Pacific and South Asian Ethnology Exhibits
Standard number:
2002-12173
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Notes:
Original negative number is MNH 4072, but that negative has been lost. According to Yochelson in 'The National Museum of Natural History' (p.97), Easter Island sculptures were acquired in 1887 and installed in USNM the following year. A similar print is MNH 5793A
Summary:
Samuel P. Langley (1834-1906), third Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1887-1906) with George Brown Goode (left)and Otis T. Mason (right) stand beside one of the Easter Island statues in the United States National Museum Building, now the Arts and Industries Building
Contained within:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 15, Folder 8C
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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National Museum Building Construction Records, 1890, 1901-1916, 1923

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
Subject:
Graham, Frank F
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
Green, Bernard R (Bernard Richardson) 1843-1914
Ravenel, William de Chastignier
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Natural History Building (Washington, D.C.)
Thompson-Starrett Co
Library of Congress Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
United States National Museum Office of the Director
Physical description:
1.6 linear meters
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Date:
1890
1890-1923
1890, 1901-1916, 1923
Topic:
Actions and defenses
Smithsonian buildings
Museums--Administration
Museum buildings
Local number:
SIA RU000079
Notes:
In 1903 Congress authorized the Board of Regents to begin a new museum building, construction to be under the direction of Bernard R. Green, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds of the Library of Congress. Construction began in June 1904 and ended in 1911. Richard Rathbun, Assistant Secretary, spent much of his time from 1901 to 1911 planning and supervising construction of the new building, including extensive consultation with foreign and domestic museum experts
Summary:
These records, together with record units 80, 81, and 187, contain full documentation of construction of the 1911 National Museum Building from internal planning and contracts to construction details and costs. Rathbun prepared a history of the museum construction, which was published as A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE BUILDING RECENTLY ERECTED FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF NATURAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL MUSEUM, United States National Museum Bulletin 80, Washington, 1913
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National Museum Building Construction Records 1890-1923 [Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Frederick William True Papers, circa 1886-1910

Creator:
True, Frederick William 1858-1914
Subject:
Scott, William B
Matthew, William D
Gill, Herbert A
Dalgleish, John J
Brown, Arthur Erwin
True, Frederick William 1858-1914
Adler, Cyrus 1863-1940
Allen, Glover M
Allen, Harrison 1841-1897
Allen, J. A (Joel Asaph) 1838-1921
Bangs, Outram 1862-1932
Bean, Tarleton H (Tarleton Hoffman) 1846-1916
Clark, A. Howard
Cox, William Van Zandt 1852-1923
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927
Dawson, George Mercer
Eastman, Charles R
Flint, James W
Geare, Randolph Iltyd 1854-
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Henshaw, Samuel 1852-1941
Holder, Charles Frederick 1851-1915
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
Howard, L. O (Leland Ossian) 1857-1950
Jordan, David Starr 1851-1931
Lucas, Frederic A (Frederic Augustus) 1852-1929
Macoun, John 1831-1920
Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart) 1855-1942
Merrill, George P (George Perkins) 1854-1929
Miller, Gerrit S (Gerrit Smith) 1869-1956
Osborn, Henry Fairfield 1857-1935
Palmer, William 1856-1921
Perkins, George H (George Henry) 1844-1933
Procter, John Robert 1844-1903
Rathbun, Richard 1852-1918
Rhoads, Samuel N (Samuel Nicholson) 1862-
Richmond, Charles Wallace 1868-1932
Sclater, Philip Lutley 1829-1913
Stanley-Brown, Joseph
Stejneger, Leonhard 1851-1943
Stone, Witmer 1866-1939
Swan, James Gilchrist
Townsend, Charles Haskins
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Woodward, Arthur Smith 1864-1944
United States National Museum Executive Curator
Smithsonian Institution Committee on Publications
United States Fish Commission
United States National Museum Division of Mammals
United States National Museum Division of Comparative Anatomy
United States National Museum Dept. of Botany
Smithsonian Institution International Exchange Service
Berlin International Fisheries Exposition (1880: Berlin, Germany)
Physical description:
0.4 linear meter
Type:
Illustrations
Collection descriptions
Scientific illustrations
Photographs
Place:
Pribilof Islands (Alaska)
Date:
1886
1886-1910
circa 1886-1910
Topic:
Mammalogy
Museum techniques
Paleontology
Local number:
SIA RU007181
Notes:
Frederick William True (1858-1914) joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1881 as Librarian and Acting Curator of Mammals in the United States National Museum (USNM). He had previously served as a clerk for the United States Fish Commission, 1878-1881, and had charge of that agency's exhibition at the Berlin Fisheries Exposition of 1880. While with the Smithsonian, True held a number of positions including Curator of the Division of Mammals, 1883-1909; Curator of the Department of Comparative Anatomy, 1885-1890; Executive Curator of the United States National Museum, 1894-1897; Head Curator of the Department of Biology, 1897-1911; and Assistant Secretary in charge of the Library and International Exchange Service, 1911-1914. During this period, the Smithsonian was actively engaged in displaying exhibits at many expositions, and True was responsible for the preparation of a number of these exhibits
True originally began his zoological studies with the invertebrates, but bad eyesight forced him to revise his plans and he turned to the study of mammals. His specialties were cetaceans and related groups. Later, he took up the study of fossil cetaceans and, in addition to publishing many important works in the field, helped build up the Museum's collections in this area
Summary:
This record unit contains correspondence of Frederick William True with zoologists, naturalists, museum officials, Smithsonian administrators, and friends concerning specimens, publication of manuscripts, exhibitions, his trip to the Pribilof Islands in 1895, and USNM affairs. Also included are files concerning the preparation of exhibits, material related to True's studies of fossil whales, and his trip to the Pribilof Islands in 1895, as well as a series on True's research on deer and moose antlers, a list of the genera of mammals, and a list True wrote of scientific periodicals held at the Smithsonian Institution
Correspondents include Cyrus Adler, Glover Morrill Allen, Harrison Allen, Joel Asaph Allen, Outram Bangs, Tarleton Hoffman Bean, Arthur Erwin Brown, A. Howard Clark, William V. Cox, John J. Dalgleish, William H. Dall, George M. Dawson, Charles Rochester Eastman, James W. Flint, Randolph Iltyd Geare, Herbert A. Gill, George Brown Goode, Samuel Henshaw, Charles F. Holder, William Henry Holmes, Leland Ossian Howard, David Starr Jordan, Frederic Augustus Lucas, John Macoun, Otis Tufton Mason, William D. Matthew, Clinton Hart Merriam, George P. Merrill, Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr., Henry Fairfield Osborn, William Palmer, George Henry Perkins, John Robert Procter, Richard Rathbun, Samuel Nicholson Rhoads, Charles Wallace Richmond, Philip Lutley Sclater, William B. Scott, Joseph Stanley-Brown, Leonhard Stejneger, Witmer Stone, James G. Swan, Charles Haskins Townsend, Charles D. Walcott, Arthur Smith Woodward
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records, 1882-1969

Creator:
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography
Subject:
Brockett, Paul 1872-1946
Fite, Eugene J
Griffith, Fuller
Harris, Elizabeth M
Kainen, Jacob
Koehler, S. R (Sylvester Rosa) 1837-1900
Morse, Peter
Ostroff, Eugene
Sherwin, C. Allen
Smith, Ralph Clifton 1898-
Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) b. 1878
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
United States National Museum
United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries
United States National Museum Dept. of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Dept. of Arts and Manufactures
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Hall of Graphic Arts
The Printing Ink Exhibition
Physical description:
2 linear meters
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Floor plans
Date:
1882
1882-1969
Topic:
Photography
Graphic arts
Local number:
SIA RU000206
Notes:
For an administrative history of the photographic component of the Division of Graphic Arts and Photography prior to 1969, see record unit 529. In 1882, George Brown Goode, Assistant Director in charge of the United States National Museum (USNM), contacted the Boston art scholar Sylvester Rosa Koehler for assistance in creating a graphic arts collection. Over the next four years, Koehler and Goode proceeded to make plans for such a collection at the Smithsonian. When the Section of Graphic Arts was established in 1886 in the Department of Arts and Industries, Koehler became its part-time Curator
The Section of Graphic Arts was made a Division of the Department of Anthropology when USNM was reorganized in 1897. After Koehler's death in 1900, the graphic arts collections were administered for a time by the Smithsonian Library. In 1904, Paul Brockett was made Custodian of the Division, and, in 1912, Ruel Pardee Tolman became his aide
When another reorganization of USNM occurred in 1919, the Division of Graphic Arts, in 1920, began reporting to the re-established Department of Arts and Industries. It remained within this Department and its successors until 1957. Tolman was placed in charge of the Division as Assistant Curator, 1920-1931, and Curator, 1932-1946. Jacob Kainen, an aide in the Division since 1942, became Curator in 1946 when Tolman was named Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts. Eugene N. Ostroff, Associate Curator, 1960-1965, became Curator in 1966 upon Kainen's retirement
In 1957, the Division was located in the Department of Arts and Manufactures, Museum of History and Technology. From 1897, the Division had contained a Section of Photography, and in the 1969 reorganization of the Museum, the Section was abolished and the Division was renamed Graphic Arts and Photography
Research of the Division's graphic arts component centered on the history of printing technology. The Division documented the techniques, materials, and equipment used in writing, drawing, line engraving, etching, photogravure, lithography, halftone printing, silk-screen stencil, papermaking, calligraphy, and bookbinding. The Division also prepared exhibitions of tools, heavy machinery, and supplies used in the printmaking process, most of which were featured in the Hall of Graphic Arts
Curators and staff of the Division included Sylvester Rosa Koehler, Curator, 1886-1900; Paul Brockett, Custodian, 1904-1920; Ruel P. Tolman, museum aide, 1912-1919, Assistant Curator, 1920-1931, Curator, 1932-1946; Ralph Clifton Smith, museum aide, 1921-1926; C. Allen Sherwin, museum aide, 1935-1937; Jacob Kainen, museum aide, 1942-1945, Curator, 1946-1966; Eugene J. Fite, museum aide, 1947-1950, Assistant Curator, 1951; Fuller O. Griffith III, museum aide, 1955-1957, Assistant Curator, 1958-1960, Associate Curator, 1961-1964; Peter Morse, Associate Curator, 1965-1967; Eugene N. Ostroff, Associate Curator, 1960-1966, Curator, 1966- ; and Elizabeth M. Harris, Assistant Curator, 1965-
Summary:
These records consist of correspondence, accession lists, blueprints for the Hall of Graphic Arts, historical information about the Division, annual reports, staff lecture notes and papers, materials pertaining to The Printing Ink Exhibition, biographies of important contributors in the field of printing technology, exhibition labels and photographs, correspondence logs, and newspaper clippings pertaining to activities of the Division
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Correspondence 1903-1969 [National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography]
Divisional Records 1886-1969 [National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography]
Annual Reports 1882-1958 [National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography]
Exhibition Records 1914-1971 [National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography]
Lectures and Publicity Files 1920-1937 [National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Graphic Arts and Photography]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records, circa 1921-1989

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection
Subject:
Belote, Theodore T
Gillilland, Cora Lee C
Mosher, Stuart M
Clain-Stefanelli, Elvira E (Elvira Eliza)
Clain-Stefanelli, Vladimir
Smithson, James 1765-1829
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Clark, A. Howard
George Bunker Glover Bequest of Far Eastern Coins
Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. Collection
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Hall of Monetary History and Medallic Art
United States Mint
American Numismatic Association
Willis H. Dupont Collection
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Hall of Numismatics
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Numismatics
United States Dept. of the Treasury
American Bankers Association
Fédération internationale de la médaille
United States National Museum
National Institute
United States National Museum Section of Historical Relics
United States National Museum Section of Historical Collections
United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries
United States National Museum Division of History and Biography
United States National Museum Dept. of Anthropology
United States National Museum Division of History
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Dept. of Civil History
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Dept. of Applied Arts
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Dept. of National History
History of Machines and Banking (exhibition)
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Physical description:
10.9 linear meters
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Floor plans
Date:
1921
1921-1985
circa 1921-1989
Topic:
Numismatics
Numismatic museums
Local number:
SIA RU000359
Notes:
The origins of the National Numismatic Collection date back to the early years of the Smithsonian Institution. When James Smithson died, among his personal effects were several coins and medals, including one with his likeness
In 1862, the National Institute began sending its numismatic collection to the Institution. The Smithsonian also acquired numismatic objects from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. George Brown Goode, Assistant Secretary in charge of United States National Museum (USNM) and an avid collector of coins and medals, promoted the early growth of numismatic holdings at the Smithsonian. In 1881, he organized the numismatic objects as a Section in the Department of Arts and Industries, Division of Anthropology. By 1886 the Section had been eliminated and its objects assigned to the custody of A. Howard Clark, Curator of the Section of Historical Relics. They then fell under its successors: the Section of Historical Collections, Department of Arts and Industries, 1889-1897, the Division of History and Biography, Department of Anthropology, 1897-1904, and the Division of History, 1904-1948. Between 1897 and 1947, numerous collections were received, such as the George Bunker Glover bequest of Far Eastern coins and the United States Mint Collection
In 1947, the Section of Numismatics was created in the Division of History, and the next year, the Section was given divisional status in the new Department of History. That same year Stuart M. Mosher succeeded the retiring Curator in charge, Theodore T. Belote, as Associate Curator of the Division of Numismatics, a position he held until his death in 1956. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli became Curator at that time, and, shortly after his appointment, Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli, joined the Division as Assistant Curator
As a result of museum reorganizations, the Division of Numismatics was affiliated with the Departments of Civil History, 1957-1968, Applied Arts, 1969-1977, and National History, 1978-1979. In 1980, the Division was organized as the National Numismatic Collection in the National Museum of American History (NMAH), reporting to the Director. In 1981, the Clain-Stefanellis were made Historians of the National Numismatic Collection, followed by the 1984 appointment of Coralee C. Gillilland as Curator. Important acquisitions included the Willis H. DuPont Collection of Russian coins and the Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Collection of gold coins ranging from ancient to modern times
The National Numismatic Collection researches the history of numismatics worldwide, beginning with the earliest types of money, with the primary goal of presenting social, economic, and political history through money; the organization of monetary systems; the effect of money on events in history; and the value of the figurative language of coins and paper currency as witness to the art and culture of a society. The National Numismatic Collection primarily collects ancient and contemporary coinage, paper currency, medals and decorations, financial documents, minting equipment, and tokens
Curators and staff included Theodore T. Belote, Curator in charge of numismatic collections, 1919-1948; Stuart M. Mosher, Associate Curator of Numismatics, 1948-1956; Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli, Curator of the Division of Numismatics, 1956-1979, Curator, 1980, and Historian, 1981-1982, of the National Numismatic Collection; Elvira Eliza Clain-Stefanelli, Assistant Curator, 1957-1961, Associate Curator, 1961-1968, Curator, 1969-1979, of Numismatics, and Curator, 1980, and Historian, 1981-1985, of the National Numismatic Collection; and Coralee C. Gillilland, Curator of the National Numismatic Collection, 1984-
Summary:
This record unit consists of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to publications, exhibitions, acquisitions, numismatic conferences in foreign countries, and materials on loan; annual reports of the Division of Numismatics; budgetary files; American Numismatic Association convention information; exhibition scripts for the Hall of Monetary History and Medallic Art; policies regarding United States Treasury Department coinage laws, purchases, and transfers; blueprints and floor plans for the Hall of Numismatics; staff publications; correspondence with coin dealers, the American Bankers Association, and the Federation Internationale de la Medaille; and reports on counterfeit money
The records also include photographs of numismatic exhibits at USNM, the exhibition History of Machines and Banking, coinage and early minting machines, and various United States mints; the Clain-Stefanellis' research notes, manuscripts, and published articles; historical information on United States mints; copies of congressional numismatic joint resolutions, acts, and bills; domestic coin exchange charts; information on the Willis H. DuPont Collection and the Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Collection; exhibition brochures; historical information on the National Institute; and staff publications
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Correspondence and Memoranda 1941-1984 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection]
Research Records 1925-1968 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection]
Exhibition Records 1951-1980 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection]
Divisional Records 1956-1983 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection]
Curatorial Records 1906-1999 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection]
Publication Records 1965-1989 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) National Numismatic Collection]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Records, circa 1954-1994

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical History
Subject:
McCullough, Elizabeth
Fesperman, John T
Flentrop, D. A (Dirk Andries) 1910-
Germann, Sheridan
Hollis, Helen R
Hoover, Cynthia A (Cynthia Adams)
Odell, Scott 1935-
Sheldon, Robert E
Shortridge, John D
Weaver, James Merle
Foote, J. Howard
Hawley, Edwin H
Goode, G. Brown (George Brown) 1851-1896
Worch, Hugo b. 1855
McCoy, George D
Hough, Walter 1859-1935
Krieger, Herbert W
Sturm, Gary
Music at the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Hall of Musical Instruments
United States National Museum Section of Musical Instruments
United States National Museum Dept. of Arts and Industries
United States National Museum Dept. of Anthropology
United States National Museum Division of Ethnology
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Dept. of Civil History
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Cultural History
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.) Division of Musical Instruments
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Dept. of Social and Cultural History
Contemporary Musical Instrument Makers (Exhibition)
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Physical description:
25 linear meters
Culture:
Portraits
Type:
Audiotapes
Collection descriptions
Floor plans
Photographs
Date:
1954
1954-1994
circa 1954-1994
Topic:
Music--History
Musical instruments
Local number:
SIA RU000485
Notes:
A collection of musical instruments was established in 1881, consisting of American Indian instruments acquired during the Wilkes Expedition, gifts from diplomats, and instruments of foreign manufacture acquired at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. In 1882, the collection was enlarged with the addition of nineteenth-century wind instruments, music boxes, and banjos donated by New York music dealer J. Howard Foote
Edwin H. Hawley became Custodian of the Collection in 1885, remaining until his death in 1918. Renamed the Section of Musical Instruments in 1886, it reported to the Department of Arts and Industries through 1896, the Department of Anthropology, 1897-1902, and subsequently formed a part of the Division of Ethnology of that Department until 1957. George Brown Goode supplemented the collection by a tour to Europe in 1892, and the collection grew further through the donation of keyboard instruments by Hugo Worch, a Washington, D.C., piano dealer, between 1914 and 1921. Worch was Honorary Custodian of Musical Instruments, 1920-1938, and George D. McCoy was Curator of the Section, 1927- circa 1929; otherwise it came under the responsibility of ethnology curators Walter Hough, 1918-1935, and Herbert W. Krieger, 1935-1957. After Worch, there was no musically trained full-time staff member to care for these collections
With the creation of the Museum of History and Technology in 1957, the Section of Musical Instruments became part of the Division of Cultural History, Department of Civil History. In 1966, the Section was given divisional status in the Department. For its subsequent departmental affiliation, see the introduction to the Department of Social and Cultural History. In 1987, the Division was renamed the Division of Musical History
The Division of Musical History primarily interprets the development and importance of music in American culture since the eighteenth century through the study of American and foreign musical instruments, musical scores, illustrations of musical objects, and historical literature. The Division has restored musical instruments to playable condition, sponsored concerts, prepared exhibits for the Hall of Musical Instruments at the National Museum of American History, recorded musical performances and sounds using Smithsonian instruments, arranged seminars in eighteenth-century performance conventions, and published histories of classical as well as contemporary music
Curators and staff of the Division included John D. Shortridge, Associate Curator of Musical Instruments, 1958-1960; John T. Fesperman, Jr., Concert Director, 1966, Associate Curator, 1967-1971, Curator, 1972-1987, Curator of Musical History, 1987- ; Cynthia A. Hoover, Assistant Curator of Musical Instruments, 1961-1963, Associate Curator, 1964-1974, Curator, 1975- ; James M. Weaver, Concert Director, 1967-1972, Assistant Curator of Musical Instruments, 1973-1975, Associate Curator, 1976-1986, Curator, 1987- ; Sheridan Germann, Research Associate, 1980; and museum specialists Helen R. Hollis, Robert E. Sheldon, J. Scott Odell, Elizabeth McCullough, and Gary Sturm
Summary:
This record unit consists of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to the Tower Concert series, exhibitions at the Hall of Musical Instruments, staff research and publications, organ building, acquisition of musical instruments, and funding for seminars and musical performance recordings. Also included are inquiries from private collectors, musicians, universities, and instrument manufacturers; minutes of meetings; floor plans for the Hall of Musical Instruments; recital announcements; audiotapes of Fesperman's organ performances; contracts with publishing companies; Fesperman's research material for the publications Flentrop in America and Organs in Mexico; exhibition proposals, scripts, loan agreements, and brochures from Contemporary Musical Instrument Makers; funding information, progress reports, photographs, and program booklets from Music at the Smithsonian, as well as the Tower Concert series; audiotapes and cassette recordings of concert performances, interviews with musicians, and music used for exhibitions; administrative records; photographs and slides of American and European chamber organs; correspondence between Fesperman and organ builder F. A. Flentrop; and staff research notes
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Divisional Records 1962-1981 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical History]
Exhibition Records 1958-2004 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Cultural History]
Performance Recordings 1959-1988 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical History]
Curatorial Records 1954-2005 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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