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Letter from Joe Belford to George
February 8, 1870

Joe Belford (Class of 1871) writes to George, his friend from Dickinson College, about life as a student in Carlisle as well as a local fair. "There is a fair going on in town now," and as Belford notes, "I wish you were here and could go there a...

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...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-13

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence

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....

1870 Commencement Program
June 9, 1870

This copy of the printed program for the commencement exercises held on June 9, 1870 shows the members of the graduating class and the speeches that they were scheduled to deliver.

Location: Dickinsoniana Programs

Subject: Dickinson College Events

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1860-1879

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Letter from George Lawrence to J. H. McIlvaine (Draft)
June 26, 1870

George Lawrence drafts a letter to J. H. McIlvaine informing him about the collection of birds brought to Spencer Fullerton Baird from Venezuela and Panama, which the latter wishes to dispose of. Lawrence inquires if the Smithsonian Institution...

Location: MC 2000.11, B1, F20

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: Letter from George Lawrence to J. H. McIlvaine (Draft)

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jul. - Aug. 1870)
July - August 1870

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes four letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses the exchange of specimens with the Vienna Museum and Smithsonian, and offers his sympathy for the loss of...

Letter from Samuel Miller to David Miller
September 4, 1870

Samuel Miller (Class of 1874) writes to his brother, David Miller, about his room and his class schedule at Dickinson. While his "first impressions of life at Coll. were anything but pleasant," Miller explains that after some cleaning it now "...

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Oct. - Dec. 1870)
October - December 1870

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes six letters to George Lawrence in which he inquires about the Directory for Brooklyn and describes Salvin's wish to send some of his specimens, hunting hawks and...

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jan. - Mar. 1871)
January - March 1871

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes nine letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses the sending of small birds of the Grayson and Xantus Collections and Mexico to Lawrence, as well as the...

Letters from George Lawrence to Spencer Baird (Drafts)
February - July 1871

George Lawrence writes six letters to Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, regarding the exchange and naming of various bird specimens. Transcripts included. 

Letter from Spencer Baird to O. Dorman
April 1, 1871

Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries Spencer F. Baird writes O. M. Dorman about specimens of fish that Dorman sends from Norfolk, Virginia. "I shall be glad to have these transmissions continued" and, as Baird explains, "I hope the system of...

Location: I-Purchase-1955-20

Subject: Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: Letter from Spencer Baird to O. Dorman

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Apr. - Jun. 1871)
April - June 1871

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes nine letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses Mr. Ridgeway's analysis and classification of the geographical distribution of fish specimen variations,...

Master of Arts Diploma - George Chenoweth
June 8, 1871

George Durbin Chenoweth, a member of the Class of 1868, receives his Master of Arts Diploma from Dickinson College on June 8, 1871.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: Master of Arts Diploma - George Chenoweth

Letter from Spencer Baird to Winfrid Stearns
June 17, 1871

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullteron Baird writes to ornithologist Winfrid A. Stearns: "it gives me pleasure to authorize any use you desire of the material published in my work on the Birds of N. America."

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jul. - Sept. 1871)
July - September 1871

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes five letters to George Lawrence in which he invites Lawrence to Edgartown for fishing and dredging and discusses the specimens of Sclater and Salvin, among others...

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Oct. - Dec. 1871)
October - December 1871

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes four letters to George Lawrence on issues that include finding a taxidermist for collection mounting as well as the exchange of specimens. Transcripts included...

Letter from Spencer Baird to Winfrid Stearns
November 11, 1871

Naturalist and Smithsonian administrator Spencer Fullteron Baird writes to ornithologist Winfrid A. Stearns regarding the classification of birds. Baird also states that he will not have the time to edit Stearns's manuscript, but recommends Dr....

Letter from George Eggleston to Horatio Collins King
November 16, 1871

George Cary Eggleston, the editor of Hearth and Home, warns Horatio Collins King that a "story" he submitted may imply partisanship - a sensitive topic following the Civil War. "We have to decline" those stories "which may, even by...

Catalogue of Dickinson College for the Academical Year, 1871-72
1872

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1871-1872 academic year. Through the years, the annual catalog was variously titled "The Bulletin," "Catalogue and Register," "Course Catalog," and similar variants. The catalog typically includes the list of...

Location: Dickinsoniana Periodicals

Subject: Dickinson College Academic Affairs, Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1860-1879

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Letter from Eli Saulsbury to Benjamin Poore
January 16, 1872

US Senator Eli Saulsbury (Class of 1843) asks Benjamin Perley Poore  to make a correction in the Congressional Directory.

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Jan. - Feb. 1872)
January - February 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes five letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses ordering a gun, sending the manuscript notes and drawings of Col. Grayson to Lawrence, and sending items...

Letter from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence
March 2, 1872

Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Spencer F. Baird writes George Lawrence regarding the "invoice of the contents of the boxes" sent to the Hague as well as Elliott Coues's "desire of making a monograph of the American [Myiarchi...

Letters from George Lawrence to Spencer Baird (Drafts)
March - August 1872

George Lawrence drafts two letters to Spencer Baird regarding the selection and naming of bird specimens, in addition to the details of his visit to Rhode Island. Transcripts included. 

Letters from Spencer Baird to George Lawrence (Apr. - Jun. 1872)
April - June 1872

Spencer Fullerton Baird, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, writes five letters to George Lawrence in which he discusses his attempt in encouraging Dr. Feuchtwanger to give his collection of minerals to the Smithsonian. Baird...

Bachelor of Arts Diploma - David Myers
June 27, 1872

David Jay Myers Jr. receives his Bachelor of Arts Diploma from Dickinson College on June 27, 1872.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1860-1879

View Item: Bachelor of Arts Diploma - David Myers

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