Divisional Records,
1885-1917 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 203
Creators:
United States National Museum. Division of Comparative Anatomy
Dates:
1885-1917 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
The records of the division include memoranda for the divisional reports, lists of specimens, records of divisional operations, material concerning the Ohio Valley and Central States Exhibition of 1888, and the daily calendar of Frederic A. Lucas for 1886-1895 and 1898-1899.

Historical Note
Historical Note
From 1885 until about 1904, a Department of Comparative Anatomy existed within the United States National Museum. This department (after 1897 a division in the Department of Biology) was responsible for the preparation and care of the osteological specimens of the museum. From the early days of the museum collections, separate bone catalogs were kept, distinct from the other specimen catalogs. In addition, a series of vertebrate skulls and skeletons were exhibited in the main hall of the Smithsonian building, and much additional material was in storage.
When the collections were moved from the Smithsonian building to the Museum in 1883, a proposal was made that a department of comparative anatomy should be set up. Although Frederick William True and Frederic Augustus Lucas were listed as curator and assistant in such a department as early as 1883, formal organization of the department first came in 1885.
Frederic A. Lucas joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1882 as an osteological preparator and became assistant curator to True in 1887. True was the first full curator and served from 1885 to 1890, when Frank Baker became honorary curator. In 1893, Lucas became curator and remained in that capacity until he left the Smithsonian in 1904. Following Lucas' departure, the division remained without a curator until it was gradually incorporated into the other zoological divisions.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 203, United States National Museum. Division of Comparative Anatomy, Divisional Records

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Lucas, Frederic A. (Frederic Augustus), 1852-1929 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Frank, 1841-1918 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
True, Frederick William, 1858-1914 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Department of Biology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ohio Valley and Central States Exposition (1888 : Cincinnati) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anatomy, Comparative Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Washington, D.C.
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