Correspondence and Memoranda,
1858-1869 and undated

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 561
Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum
Dates:
1858-1869 and undated
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records consist of correspondence written to Smithsonian Institution Assistant Secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird by officers of the HBC documenting their collecting activities on behalf of the Institution. Principal correspondents include George Barnston, Laurence Clarke, Jr., Charles P. Gaudet, Donald Gunn, William L. Hardisty, Strachan Jones, James Lockhart, Roderick Ross MacFarlane, W. Mactavish, and Bernard Rogan Ross. Also included is correspondence from Elliott Coues to Baird concerning an expedition to Labrador, 1860; and miscellaneous notes and lists concerning natural history specimens.
This correspondence was apparently pulled from Baird's official files. Researchers interested in the HBC should also consult Record Units 26, 33, 52, 53, 305, 7002, 7215, and 7221.

Historical Note
Historical Note
In the late 1850s, the Smithsonian Institution began receiving large collections of ethnographic and natural history material from arctic America, gathered by officers of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). The Smithsonian's relationship with HBC was primarily a result of Robert Kennicott's explorations on behalf of the Institution during the 1850s.

Notes
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Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 561, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kennicott, Robert, 1835-1866 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnston, George Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clarke, Laurence, Jr. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gaudet, Charles P. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gunn, Donald, 1797-1878 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hardisty, William L. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones, Strachan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lockhart, James Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
MacFarlane, R. (Roderick), 1833-1920 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mactavish, William, 1815-1870 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ross, Bernard Rogan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hudson's Bay Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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