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Louis Agassiz donates his collections to the new Museum of Comparative Zoology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, detail
Swiss-born scientist Louis Agassiz had emigrated to the United States in 1846 and had long desired to set up an influential museum of comparative zoology.  The museum finally opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts with the remarkable gift of all of the professor's personal collection in zoology he had been gathering during the decade.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 404.