Natural history is, and was, dependent upon the collection of specimens. In the nineteenth century, American naturalists and institutions of natural history cultivated and maintained extensive collection networks comprised of numerous collectors that provided objects of natural history for study. Effective networks were collaborative in nature, with naturalists such as Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian trading their time and expertise for specimens.
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- History of Science
- American History
- Systematic Biology
- Correspondence Networks
- Natural history
- Botanical specimens--Collection and preservation--United States.
- Botanical specimens
- Geological specimens--Collection and preservation--United States.
- Geological specimens
- Natural history correspondence--United States.
- Natural history correspondence
- Natural history literature--United States.
- Natural history literature
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 336-353)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: History