Baird, Spencer Fullerton

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Letter, July 1870 (Box 1, folder 7)
1868-1873

Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887) was a Dickinson College graduate (class of 1840) and a professor of natural history and science at the college from 1845 until 1850, when he became assistant secretary of the Smithsonian Institute (1850-1878). He was later promoted to secretary of that...

Location: MC 2000.11

Subject: Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Collection Inventory: mc2000.11.pdf

RG 1/2 - 10.1.12 The Statutes of Dickinson College, 1853
1833-1902

The papers of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College, 1833-1879, include correspondence, reports, financial statements, printed materials, and legal documents, and have been arranged into thirteen series.

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Collection Inventory: RG 1-002.pdf

Jesse Truesdell Peck - President, 1848-1852
1848-1852

The records contained in the President Jesse Truesdell Peck record group pertain only to his time and affairs as president of Dickinson College. As such, no personal papers or papers pertaining to Peck’s tenure as a faculty member are included in this record group. For records concerning Peck’s...

Collection Inventory: RG 2/4 - Jesse Truesdell Peck

Synopsis of the Birds of Pennsylvania compiled by Spencer F. Baird
June 10, 1839

"Synopsis of the Birds of Pennsylvania" compiled by Spencer F. Baird from John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and Nuttal in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Includes sections on land and water birds.

Location: I-Original-1839-4

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1820-1839

List of Carlisle Birds Compiled by Spencer Baird
December 1840

Spencer Fullerton Baird compiles a "List of the Birds of the United States (from Aububon), prefixed to which is a List of the Birds found near Carlisle, Pennsylvania" The document contains the type of bird, time when first shot, and "when known."

Location: I-Original-1840-2

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Contributions Towards a Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs of Cumberland County," by Spencer Baird
February 1845

Spencer F. Baird, a Professor of Natural Sciences at Dickinson, publishes "Contributions Towards a Catalogue of the Trees and Shrubs of Cumberland County, PA" in the Literary Record and Journal of the Linnaean Association of Pennsylvania College (Vol. 1, No. 4) in February 1845.

Location: I-Original-1845-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Catalogue of Birds Found in the Neighborhood of Carlisle," by Spencer Baird
October 1845

Spencer F. Baird, a Professor of Natural Sciences at Dickinson, publishes "Catalogue of Birds Found in the Neighborhood of Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA" in the Literary Record and Journal of the Linnaean Association of Pennsylvania College (Vol. 1, No. 12) in October 1845. 1845.

Location: I-Original-1845-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Science and Technology

Format: Essays and Dissertations

Time Period: 1840-1859

"General Directions for Collecting and Preserving Objects of Natural History" by Spencer Baird
circa 1848

Spencer F. Baird (Class of 1840), the Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, publishes "General Directions for Collection and Preserving Objects of Natural History" in 1848. Baird, who is responsible for the Natural History Department, also includes an overview ("Special Desiderata...

Location: I-Friends-1975-18

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Reports

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Joseph Henry to George Marsh
August 1, 1849

Smithsonian Institution Secretary Joseph Henry writes to George P. Marsh, requesting favors before Marsh travels to the Ottoman Empire. One wish is that Marsh will write a letter "in favor of our friend Prof. [Spencer Fullerton] Baird [Class of 1840] as a suitable person should one be required...

Location: I-AsbellY-2005-3

Subject: Education, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to James Marshall
October 23, 1852

Spencer F. Baird ('40) writes to Dickinson College Professor James W. Marshall ('48) regarding books (Congressional volumes)that were sent to the Dickinson College library by mistake. As "The State Department is very anxious to have back," Baird asks Marshall to send them to the Smithsonian in...

Location: I-Original-1852-5

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to A. Haen & Company
May 29, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to A. Haen & Company about the redrawing of some plates. Dr. John Newberry has left, and Baird has no authority in the matter but will write to Newberry.

Location: I-BeachW-1983-2

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to Osmond Tiffany
October 8, 1859

Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1840) writes to Osmond Tiffany, responding to the latter's request for documents about the Pacific Rail Road and the Mexican Boundary.

Location: I-Friends-1982-7

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

Letter from Spencer Baird to Josiah Whitney
August 16, 1865

Naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird (Class of 1843) writes to Professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, sending his regrets that he will not able to attend a meeting in Northampton the following week "on account of severe strain experienced a few days ago."

Location: I-Friends-1986-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
March 21, 1867

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer F. Baird writes to George Lawrence regarding an order for 4 dog blankets. Baird provides specific instructions, such as including "a G... in the middle of each" blanket.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-15

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to H. Foster
June 2, 1867

Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to an unspecified H. Foster about stamp collecting.

Location: I-BeachW-1977-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from George Lawrence to Spencer Baird (Drafts)
January - December 1868

George Lawrence drafts six letters to Spencer Fullerton Baird, the Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, that include a list of avian specimens from Costa Rica and Panama to be sent to Baird, as well as other specimens requested by the author. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F18

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Mar. 1868)
March 1868

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes two brief letters to George Lawrence in which he mentions sending out fish specimens as well as the possible arrival of a new collection from Costa Rica. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F1

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
December 10, 1868

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer Baird writes to George Lawrence regarding a description of a bird. As Lawrence's description "does not seem to differ much from [Thomas C.] Eyton," Baird recommends that Lawrence "send it to [Philip L.] Sclater for his opinion."

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-14

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Apr. - Jun. 1869)
April - June 1869

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes six letters to George Lawrence on issues that include lists of specimens and other articles, inquiries on novel specimens, and travel updates. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from George Lawrence to Spencer Baird (Draft)
May 11, 1869

George Lawrence writes Spencer Baird to confirm the receipt of a payment for guns and to discuss logistics for a future meeting. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F19

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jul. - Aug. 1869)
July - August 1869

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes three letters to George Lawrence regarding the exchange of collections (primarily those of bird specimens) as well as his travels around New England. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Oct. - Dec. 1869)
October - December 1869

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes five letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses a collection of birds to be sent to the latter, Zeladon's studies in Central America and the West Indies, John Edward Gray's catalogue of species, and the...

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F4

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jan. - Mar. 1870)
January - March 1870

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes four letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses the exchange of various specimens as well as funding for Sumichrast's explorations. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F5

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
April 1, 1870

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer Fullerton Baird writes to George N. Lawrence regarding the Sumichrast Collection. "As the number of additional species is not so great as I was led to suppose," Baird warns Lawrence that he will likely be "disappointed in it." In...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-13

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (May - Jun. 1870)
May - June 1870

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes four letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses the exchange of various specimens, the sale of a collection of meteorites, and the arrangement of meetings. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F6

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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