Frank Greenwell with Whale Skull

image for Frank Greenwell with Whale Skull
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of NMNH in 1975.
For other images of Frank Greenwell, see Negatives SIA2013-03955 through SIA2013-03960.
In the Collection Storage area of the National Museum of Natural History, a close-up of Frank Greenwell is standing beside a whale skull, which is being held in a frame in an upright position, that he is working on its preservation and storage. Other support frames can also be seen in the background.
Greenwell joined the staff of the Smithsonian in 1957, and soon found himself part of the team that prepared the Fénykövi Elephant for exhibition. His work did not keep him solely in the taxidermy studio. Greenwell went on scientific expeditions all over the world-collecting everything from a tiny shrew to the skulls of twelve gray whales. Later, Greenwell found that he preferred to capture the natural world with a camera and developed his skills as a nature photographer.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 095-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,
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Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-
Greenwell, Frank M
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Zoology
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
Taxidermy Shop
Collectors and collecting
National Collections
Smithsonian Institution--Employees
Whale Bones
Marine mammals
Physical description
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1w x 1 3.7h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Slide
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Person, candid