Dr. Frederick W. True

image for Dr. Frederick W. True
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
The old negative number is SA-772, but that negative has been lost.
Dr. Frederick W. True, Mammalogist at the United States National Museum, sits at a table with specimens. True first came to the Smithsonian as a clerk for the U.S. Fish Commission from 1878 to 1881, where he was responsible for the Commission's exhibit at the Berlin Fisheries Exposition of 1880. True was hired as librarian and acting curator of mammals in the National Museum in 1881and advanced to Head Curator of Biology, from July 1, 1897, to May 30, 1911. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from June 1, 1911, until his death on June 25, 1914. He was the first person who could be termed a curator of marine mammals at the Smithsonian. True studied both living and fossil marine mammals and is best known for his contributions on mysticetes and the beaked whales.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 22A, Folder 77
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
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Unknown, c. 1880s
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True, Frederick William 1858-1914
United States National Museum
Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Museum curators
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Physical description
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Photographic print
Person, candid