Engraving of Robert Kennicott

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Category
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Robert Kennicott (1835-1866) 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
Engraving of Robert Kennicott done by the Western Engraving Co. Chicago.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7073, Box 2, Folder: 5
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic
Collectors and collecting
Portraits
Kennicott Expeditions
Explorers
Expeditions
Scientific expeditions
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
Subject
Kennicott, Robert
Megatherium Club
Scientific Corps
Physical description
Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 4.5w x 5.25h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Engraving
C. 1860s
Place
Alaska
Type
Portraits
Engraving
Standard number
SIA2011-1226