Robert Ridgway Papers,
circa 1850s-1919
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Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7167
Creators:
Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929
Dates:
circa 1850s-1919
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
24.9 cu. ft. (2 document boxes) (1 half document box) (49 12x17 boxes) (2 16x20 boxes) (8 3x5 boxes) (oversize materials)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These papers consist of Ridgway correspondence with Spencer Fullerton Baird, drawings of birds, and material collected by Ridgway for his important work, Color Standards and Nomenclature (Washington, 1912).
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Historical Note
Historical Note
Robert Ridgway (1850-1929) was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois. In 1864 he wrote to Spencer Fullerton Baird, asking Baird to identify a bird that Ridgway had seen. Ridgway and Baird began corresponding, and, in effect, Baird became Ridgway's mentor. In 1867 Baird secured an appointment for Ridgway as zoologist on Clarence King's Geological Survey of the Fortieth Parallel. Upon his return to Washington in 1869, Ridgway was put to work by Baird to furnish the technical descriptions and certain of the drawings for a book on North American birds being prepared by Baird and Thomas Mayo Brewer. In 1874 Ridgway was appointed an ornithologist on the staff of the United States National Museum. In 1880 he was appointed Curator of the Department of Ornithology. Ridgway remained Curator until his death in 1929, although after 1915 he resided in Olney, Illinois.

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Notes
Personal Papers

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Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7167, Robert Ridgway Papers

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Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brewer, T. M. (Thomas Mayo), 1814-1880 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clarence King Geological Survey of the Fortieth Parallel Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States National Museum. Division of Birds Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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