Portrait of Robert Kennicott

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Category
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Robert Kennicott (November 13, 1835 -May 13, 1866) was an explorer and naturalist noted for his field work in Alaska. Interested in natural history from a young age, he began sending specimens to Spencer Baird and the Smithsonian Institution. Though based in Chicago for most of his short career, he also worked in Washington, D.C. with Spencer Baird to organize the Smithsonian's amphibian and reptile collections. While in D.C. he lived in the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle" and was a member of the Megatherium Club. Kennicott died in Alaska on May 13, 1866, while commanding the Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, also known as the Western Union Telegraph Expedition.
Summary
A studio portrait of naturalist Robert Kennicott.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 14, Folder: 39
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Restrictions & Rights
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c.1860
Standard number
SIA2010-1593
Author
Unknown
Subject
Kennicott, Robert
Megatherium Club
Topic
Collectors and collecting
Kennicott Expeditions
Explorers
Physical description
Number of Images: 1; Color: Back and White; Size: 7.4w x 9.4h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Type
Photographic print
Portraits