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:
0.1 linear meter.
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
Introduction
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These records consist of correspondence written to Smithsonian Assistant Secretary Spencer F. 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
SI Records

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 561, Smithsonian Institution, Assistant Secretary in charge of the United States National Museum, Correspondence and Memoranda
Access Restriction
Record unit available on microfilm; contact reference staff for details..

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Hardisty, William L. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Barnston, George. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clarke, Laurence, Jr. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gaudet, Charles P. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gunn, Donald, 1878. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones, Strachan. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lockhart, James. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
MacFarlane, Roderick Ross, 1833-1920. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mactavish, William, 1815-1870 Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ross, Bernard Rogan. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Assistant Secretary. Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Assistant Secretary Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hudson's Bay Company Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Natural history Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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