MS 4807 Collections of the United States South Sea Surveying and Exploring Expedition 1838, 9, 40, 41 & 42. By T. R. Peale, U. S. Patent Office, 1846
Peale, Titian R. (Titian Ramsay), 1780-1798 Search this
United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842) Search this
Scope and Contents:
Catalogue of 2516 ethnological specimens, numbered 1-2487.
Some original accession data concerning anthropological specimens collected on the Wilkes Expedition are also included in section C, in the Manuscript volume catalogued in the Smithsonian Institution Library as follows: MSS c Case U58 eori U. S. Exploring Expedition Original invoices and other official papers. Estimated 73 full pages FF. Section C, "Original Invoices of Miscellaneous Specimens" (1839-41) includes "Catalogue of Boxes Barrels &c Shipped on board the American Ship Lausanne [from ?] Oahu," no date, 4 pages and other untitled lists that include some anthropological entries. Also in Section C is a 1-page "List of articles...[belonging to the] Philological Dept." signed by H[oratio ] Hale; these are mostly printed articles, but there is one reference to a Quichua and Moxa grammar, presumably a Manuscript.
Biographical / Historical:
Note on title page states: The collections made by the Exploring Expedition under Capt. Wilkes were brought to Washington and unpacked at the U. S. Patent Office, where they were on exhibition for several years. About 1851 they were transferred to the Smithsonian Building. This catalogue was presented to the Nat. Museum in January 1877 by Mr Peale in person. Accompanying letter of A. H. Clark to [G. B.] Goode, March 24, 1887 transmits catalogue to Goode, stating that it was found "Among the National Institute papers several months ago." Title page refers to catalogue(s) of 134 mammal specimens and 150 ornithological species which are not included in this volume. Note with Smithsonian Institution Library card catalogue entry for a 46 page typescript of this volume states that the original Manuscript catalogs of birds and mammals are in the American Museum of Natural History, and xerox copies of both are in the MNH, Division of Mammals (Dr D. H. Johnson).
NAA MS 4807
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1 cu. ft. (2 document boxes)
This record unit consists of a small group of photographs collected by the Office of Public Affairs for its various publications. It includes Smithsonian staff as well
as a small number of photographs of Smithsonian buildings or their construction, exhibits, events, and important visitors.
From 1977 until 1984, the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) reported to the Office of the Coordinator of Public Information. Carl W. Larsen served as director of OPA,
1972-1978, before becoming a special assistant in the Office of the Coordinator. Late in 1978 Alvin Rosenfeld became acting director of OPA and, in 1979, director.
This accession consists of images of Smithsonian Institution buildings, such as the Natural History Building, the National Gallery of Art (West Building), the Arts
and Industries Building, and the Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle"). Images also include Smithsonian objects on display, depicting interior views of Smithsonian
buildings. Materials mostly consist of postcards, and a small volume of photographs, 35mm color slides, color illustrations, and a souvenir picture book. This collection was
created by the Smithsonian Press as a project to design postcards with Smithsonian images.